European Association for Palliative Care

Recognised by the Council of Europe and with a focus on lobbying and advocacy through education, the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) provides a forum for all of those either working, or with an interest in palliative care throughout Europe and beyond. Currently the EAPC represents 59 member associations from 33 European countries and has individual members from 52 countries globally. Members are engaged in palliative care across the lifespan from a range of perspectives: specialist and generalist clinical practice, education, professional groups, policy and research.  The EAPC is respectful of the cultural and political diversity of our members and aims to speak with ‘one voice and one vision’ on matters that are important in palliative care.  The EAPC lobbies and advocates for the development of palliative care through its activities and through its work in developing the practice of palliative care. The EAPC is a partner is several EU-funded research projects as a dissemination partner.

Julie Ling

Julie Ling has been CEO of the European Association for Palliative Care since January 2015. The EAPC is the leading palliative care organisation in Europe representing 59 member associations from thirty-three countries across Europe and with individual members from 52 countries globally. Originally a nurse, Julie has worked in palliative care for nearly thirty-five years in both adult and children’s palliative care. She has held a variety of posts in clinical care; management; research; policy and the voluntary sector. Julie has written and published widely and is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing. Julie is a regular contributor to education at third level. She successfully completed a PhD by research exploring the respite needs and experiences of parents caring for a child with a life-limiting condition. Julie is also Chair of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance and a board member of the Jack and Jill Foundation.

Professor Peter Hudson RN; PhD

Peter is the Director of the Centre for Palliative Care which is an academic unit based at St Vincent’s Hospital and a Collaborative Centre of the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a Professor (Honorary) at The University of Melbourne and is Professor (Honorary) at Vrije University (Belgium). Peter is a registered nurse with approximately 30 years experience in palliative care incorporating practice, education and research. He is a former vice president of Palliative Care Australia and past member of the board of directors of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care . He is a board director for the newly formed International Neuropalliative Care Society and Chair of the European Association for Palliative Care’s International Palliative Care Family Caregiver Research Collaboration. He is co-lead of a multi-country European union funded palliative care clinical trial , a past recipient of the Premier's Award for translating evidence into practice and a USA Fulbright scholar.