International Conference

Marymount University Hospital and & Hospice is hosting an International Conference entitled “Reflections & Projections…”on Palliative Care and Care of the Older Person from 11th to 13th October, 2023.

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Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork, Ireland


Target Audience:

Members of the multidisciplinary team working in specialist palliative care or those interested in this area of healthcare, including Health and Social Care professionals in the acute and the community sectors, in Care of the Older Person and involved in the care of persons with advanced and progressive life limiting illnesses.



Application has been made for accreditation from:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann)
  • The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland


The theme of the conference “Reflections and Projections” has been developed from the philosophical framework. As the global need for palliative care and care of the older person evolves within dynamic social systems, it is imperative to consider what lies ahead.   By leveraging the experience and expertise of inter-professional practitioners and academics from around the world, this conference will link historical and contemporary knowledge to innovative thinking for the future. Cutting edge scientific evidence will be considered within its sociological history and context, to begin and to grow a conversation about the next challenges and opportunities for palliative care and care of the older person, because “nothing just happens”


Keynote Speakers:

The organisers are delighted to have some world leading authorities in Palliative Care in attendance to present keynote talks, including:

Professor Eduardo Bruera. Professor of Medicine, University of Texas; Medial Director, MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, USA

Dr Julie Ling. Chief Executive Office, European Association for Palliative Care; Chair of World Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance.

Dr Steve Marshall. Clinical Academic, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation,  King’s College London, UK

Professor Jennifer Temel. Professor of  Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Clinical Director Massachusetts General Hospital, USA

Dr Mary Miller. Lead for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) End-of-life care (EOLC) project ‘Improving care of the Dying’. Consultant Palliative Medicine, Department of palliative care, Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust, UK

Dr Tony Foley is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice in UCC and is a GP in Kinsale.  He is a Trainer on the Cork Specialist Training Programme for General Practice and is Co-convener of the MICGP clinical skills examination, the CCT (Clinical Competency Test).

Professor Ciara Heavin, Senior lecturer UCC Business Information Systems, Cork University Business School, University College Cork. Co-Director Health Information Systems Research Centre, University College Cork. Chair, University Ethics Committee, University College Cork. Lectures systems analysis and design (including object-oriented approaches), data modelling, database development and opportunity assessment and recognition in high technology firms.

+ More keynote speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.


Further information will be released soon but, in the meantime, please feel free to contact Helen Leahy, the academic education partner for Marymount University Hospital and Hospice via email: with any queries you may have regarding the conference.