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The Annual Palliative Care Research Network Symposium offers researchers opportunities to learn from global experts, share and exchange knowledge and network with peers. Information about the 2021 Symposium can be found below, programmes for past event can be found at the bottom of the page

The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) 10th Annual Palliative Care Research Network Symposium took place on Tuesday 2 December 2021. Due to COVID-19 the event was held online with 98 participants from the island of Ireland and internationally including family carers, researchers, health care professionals, general practitioners, service providers, policy makers, charity organisations, funders and interested citizens.

The focus of the 2021 Symposium was ‘Equality and Equity in Palliative Care’. The aim of the Symposium was to promote the impact of palliative care research to improve palliative care by changing practice and policy. Presentations, Q&A sessions and a panel discussion offered evidence-based knowledge on how to address gaps in palliative care policy and practice through this lens to improve the quality of life for all people with palliative care needs, regardless of their condition, abilities, background, lifestyle or geographical location.

CPD/CEU credits

This event was approved for 5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits from the RCPI or 5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from NMBI. We have processed and sent out these certifications to eligible attendees. If you have any questions about this, please contact info@aiihpc.org.


The 10th Annual PCRN Symposium programme is available here. (Programmes for past PCRN Symposia can be found here.)

Video recordings

The full playlist of presentations is available to view here: tinyurl.com/PCRNsymposiumPlaylist

Highlights of the day included:

Dr Sam Royston, Director of Policy and Research at Marie Curie UK: ‘What would it take to ensure that no one faces poverty at the end of life?’.
Sam completed his PhD in the Social Policy department at the University of York and wrote the book Broken Benefits: What’s gone wrong with welfare reformLink to Sam’s presentation

Professor Karen Ryan, UCD Clinical Professor, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and St Francis Hospice Dublin: ‘Palliative care for the older person -considering data to plan for the future’.
Professor Karen Ryan has a particular interest in understanding and addressing the palliative care needs of people with intellectual disabilities, older people and those with cognitive impairments. Link to Karen’s presentation

Professor Merryn Gott, Associate Head of Research, University of Auckland, New Zealand: ‘Developing an equity agenda for palliative care: where should we start?’
Merryn has published over 250 papers in peer reviewed journals, as well as a number of books, including Living with Ageing and Dying: International Perspectives on End of Life Care for Older People, published by Oxford University Press. Link to Merryn’s presentation

Joanna Davies, Dunhill Medical Trust PhD Research Training FellowCicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation: ‘Beyond observing the problem –understanding why socio economic inequality exists in end of life care’. Joanna’s research aims to advance our understanding of the relationship between old age, social disadvantage and health outcomes at the end of life, in order to inform effective health policies to reduce social inequality in palliative and end of life care. Link to Joanna’s presentation

Discussion Panel

There was a lively panel discussion, chaired by Professor Suzanne Guerin, UCD, on the topic ‘equality and equity in palliative care’, which featured panellists including Professor Mary McCarron, Trinity College Dublin; Dr Paul Gregan, GP and PC Consultant at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services; and Martina Crehan, member of AIIHPC’s PPI group, Voices4Care.

ECRF Abstract Presentations

The Early Career Researcher Forum Abstract session included the following presentations:

  1. Anne Jordan, Dublin Simon Community, ‘Developing and evaluating collaborative planning of future care – advance care planning in a long-term residential setting for older homeless adults. A qualitative study’
  2. Dr Aoibheann Conneely, Trinity College Dublin and Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Harold’s Cross, Dublin, ‘Estimation of palliative care needs of people experiencing homelessness using mortality data and cause of death’
  3. Lisa Cronin, Milford Care Centre, ‘Accessing Specialist Palliative Care for People with Dementia’
  4. Dr Deborah Muldrew, Ulster University ‘Public engagement and consultation with advance care planning in Ireland: Findings from a virtual workshop’. Congratulations to Dr Deborah Muldrew, Ulster University who won best ECRF abstract at the Symposium.

If you have any queries or comments about the Symposium please contact Clodagh O’Donovan, PCRN Project Manager AIIHPC at codonovan@aiihpc.org.

This event is proudly supported by the Health Research Board (HRB) in the Republic of Ireland and the HSC Public Health Agency Research and Development Division in Northern Ireland.

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