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Education & Research Forum

The IAPC Education and Research Forum supports a major strand of the IAPC’s core agenda.

Purpose: The purpose of the Forum is to address Palliative Care education and research as it arises under the IAPC’s mission.

Role: The role of the Forum is to promote and accelerate the undertaking of research among palliative care practitioners and researchers on the island of Ireland, to promote evidence-based research, and to build and increase research capacity in the sector.


  • The IAPC Annual Education and Research Seminar is a major annual event for the Forum. Further details are available at
  • Getting started in Research Workshop Series; The Forum also designs and delivers developmental opportunities for palliative care professionals undertaking research, such as workshops on abstract writing, presentation skills, and preparing research for publication.
  • Catalogue of Research submitted to IAPC Seminars; The Forum is currently engaged in collating the abstracts submitted to the IAPC Education and Research Seminars over the past ten years; this Database will be available on the IAPC Website in the coming months.
  • Report on 15 Years of the IAPC Education and Research Seminars; The Forum is currently engaged in completing a piece of research to track the winning oral and poster presentations from the past 15 years of the Seminar. It is hoped to have this piece of research completed in the coming months.
  • Original Research Projects: Survey of Perceived Facilitators and Barriers to conducting Palliative Care Research in Ireland (2011)  Download


Education & Research Forum Members: 

Fiona Woods, (Chairperson) Nurse Tutor, LauraLynn Children’s Hospice

Dr Bernadette Brady, Special Lecturer & Research Fellow in Palliative Medicine, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Dublin

Dr Karie Dennehy, Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Blackrock Hospice, Dublin

Zara Fay, Staff Nurse, St Francis Hospice, Raheny, Dublin

Julie Goss, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Our Lady’s Hospice, Dublin

Patricia Hallahan, Director of Education, Research & Training, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Dublin

Susan Hilliard, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mercy University Hospital, Cork

Lynn Keane, Lecturer, Pace Language Institute, Bray, Co Wicklow

Jacinta Kelly, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Northwest Hospice, Sligo

AnnaMarie Lynch, Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Lasarina Maguire, Nurse Practice Development CoOrdinator, Stewarts Care, Dublin

Martina McKnight, PhD Student, Waterford Institute of Technology

Dr Des McMahon, Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Dublin

Dr Brenda O’Connor, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast

Susan O’Flanagan, Clinical Psychologist, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin

Martina O’Reilly, Head of Education, Milford Care Centre, Limerick

Dr Val O’Reilly, Locum Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Milford Care Centre, Limerick

Dr Noreen O’Shea, Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine, Marymount University Hospice & Hospital, Cork

Dr Elaine Wallace, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, HSE Dublin North East

Rory Wilkinson, Candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner Palliative Care, St James’s Hospital, Dublin