The theme of the conference “Reflections and Projections” has been developed from a 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”


The conference aims to provide a forum to bring together multidisciplinary healthcare professionals to share knowledge on how past experiences and events are shaping the present and inform and project future developments in palliative care and care of the older person

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the conference the learner will be able to:

Critically examine the development of palliative care and care of the older person services nationally and internationally and examine how developments will impact on care services into the future.

Identify potential linkages with other healthcare professionals around shared issues of interest and concern.

Explore the importance of research based evidence in the provision of holistic care within a changing social and healthcare environment.

Critically explore aspects of the evidence for increased survivorship and evolving therapeutic care approaches.

Recognise challenges for care of ageing populations and increasing chronic disease multi-morbidity and their implications for clinical care.

Appreciate the role of healthcare professionals in the provision of Spiritual care.

Understand current and future challenges in healthcare in meeting the needs of more socially diverse populations.

Value the importance of self –care for patients, families and health care professionals through an appreciation of the promotion of well-being and reflection opportunities.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Eduardo Bruera, Professor & Chair Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation , MD Anderson Cancer Centre, University of Texas, Houston, USA.

Professor David Finn, Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Founding Co-Director of the Centre for pain research, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

Dr Julie Ling, Chief Executive Officer, 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 Hospital, London, UK

Professor Tony O’ Brien, Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine, Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, Cork; Clinical Professor of Palliative Medicine, College of Medicine & Health, University College Cork, Ireland.

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

Adopting a Sustainability Focus

In keeping with the ethos of evolving green healthcare initiatives, the Marymount International Conference will be using a dedicated branded App as a means of communicating with all involved including attendees, sponsors, speakers, exhibitors etc. We will also be working closely with the venue in supporting organic and sustainable food & beverage suppliers from the local Cork area as much as possible.