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 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.
Cathy is a Research and Project Officer for the European Association for Palliative Care, based in Northern Ireland. She has worked within specialist palliative care since 2004, as a clinical dietitian, a lecturer and a researcher. Her research interests include palliative rehabilitation, cachexia, nutritional support, interprofessional working and eLearning. Her PhD, entitled “Rehabilitation in Palliative Care: A Novel Exploratory Study” focused on people with advanced inoperable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and the potential role of palliative rehabilitation in the symptom management of this condition. She created and co-hosts the Palliative Rehabilitation Facebook Group which has over 2600 members from across the world.