Professor Scott Murray

Scott Murray in 2000 founded the first Palliative Care Research Group based in an academic department of Family Medicine.  Having worked in Kenya for seven years, he regularly visits African countries to conduct training, evaluation and research.  His vision is that good palliative care should be available to everyone everywhere by generalists supported by specialists. He is an Editorial Advisor to the BMJ, and helped launch the BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care Journal in Edinburgh in 2011. 

In 2006 Scott and Geoff Mitchell started the IPPCRN, and they now hope it will re-energise in 2014.

Professor Geoff Mitchell

Geoff Mitchell is Professor of General Practice and Palliative Care at the University of Queensland, Australia. He co-founded IPPCN with Professor Scott Murray in 2006. He has a long professional interest in the role of general practitioners in end of life care, which stems from the opportunity to establish a coordinated end of life care network in Ipswich, Queensland. This includes a hospice where local GPs care for people at the end of life. A move to academia in a large city soon convinced him that this model, while ideal, would not work everywhere. He has subsequently devoted his research to identifying and testing ways of improving engagement of GPs in end of life care. Much of this work revolves around bringing GPs into specialist multi-disciplinary teams, to produce better outcomes for patients, and providing them with the tools they need to conduct palliative care well. He is an associate editor of BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, and BMC Family Practice.

His involvement in IPPCN has been a delight, providing opportunities to work with colleagues in academic and clinical practice from around the world.

Professor Fred Burge

Fred Burge MD FCFP MSc is a Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax. His research interests lie in health services research in Primary Healthcare (PHC). At the moment, he leads a large provincial mortality follow back study to examine unmet healthcare needs of the dying. He is one of three co-leads on the CIHR funded PHC Innovation team known as “TRANSFORM”, a five year project focusing on the science of performance measurement in PHC.  Other areas of interest are in improving primary care including chronic disease management through the application of research evidence in this setting and developing tools and strategies to improve that care. He is committed to strengthening Primary Healthcare research in Canada by being a founding co-investigator on the team of "TUTOR-PHC" the first CIHR funded interdisciplinary training centre for Primary Healthcare research, co-chair of the Canadian Working Group on Primary Healthcare Improvement, co-PI of CoR-PHC, a new interfaculty collaborative PHC research initiative at Dalhousie University and a member of the Board of the North American Primary Care Research Group.

Dr Alan Barnard

I am a family doctor from Cape Town and enjoy being involved in many aspects of clinical practice. I manage the financial and IT functions in our practice, but I prefer seeing the patients; even writing repeat prescriptions!
J I have been involved with palliative medicine since the 1980s and spent my student elective in a hospice in 1985. This was a formative time and I knew from then that my career would always involve palliative medicine. All my junior doctor choices, on reflection, were preparing me for a career in family practice with a special interest in palliative medicine. Family practice in Cape Town offers a good opportunity to be involved with patients at every stage, particularly at the end of life.

I am a part-time senior lecturer in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town and teach palliative medicine to medical students, post-graduate students and as well as other members of the team – physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nurses. I am interested in the teaching and learning in health sciences education, as seen through a palliative medicine lens.

I love creative arts and literature and enjoy connecting with the emotions of such activities. I am married to Penny and we are both busy with further our academic study.  We have two daughters; Laura is at university following a liberal arts thread and Charlotte studying physiotherapy. A naughty beagle and timid rescue dog complete the family.

Prof. dr. Bart Van den Eynden

Bart Van den Eynden graduated as medical doctor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium; later he also graduated as MSc Anthropology at the University of Leuven, Belgium. In 2012 he finished a Master degree on ‘Care Ethics and Care Management’ at the University Tilburg, the Netherlands. His Masters thesis explored the ethics of palliative care pathways. He specialized as a general practitioner and as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine. In 1994 he defended his PhD dissertation on the ‘Quality of Life in Palliative Care’.

Clinically Bart works as a General Practitioner and is the Medical Director of the Centre for Palliative Care at the ‘Gasthuiszusters van Antwerpen” (GZA), a hospital with about 1100 beds at three locations and 8 homes for the elderly, in Antwerp, Belgium. He also chairs the Ethics Committee at the GZA.

As the Professor in Palliative Medicine within the Department of Primary and Interdisciplinary Health Care at the University of Antwerp, Bart is responsible for education and research concerning Palliative Medicine and Care. Recently he received an assignment to teach ‘Care Ethics’ and of ‘Chronic Care’ in the Master of Nursing and Midwifery program.  He is the coordinator for the Palliative Postgraduate Interuniversity course in Palliative Medicine. He is also a mentor and coach for the International Care Leadership Development Initiative at the Institute of Palliative Medicine at San Diego, USA. One of the scientific organisations he is working with is the International Primary Palliative Care Network (IPPCN); here his works focuses on his concern for the implementation of palliative care within a primary care setting.

Bart's main interests are quality of care, education, care ethics, spirituality and the development of Primary Palliative Care.  An important project, by order of the Flemish Government, is the development of a Primary Palliative Care Pathway. This project, which started in the beginning of 2013 with an important grant from the national insurance organisation, involves the implementation of the Primary Palliative Care Pathway across 5 regions in Belgium. The implementation is currently being scientifically studied and evaluated. 

But life is not just working and career-making: there is his family, starting with Annick, his partner, who is working as nurse at the Palliative Care Unit and for the Palliative Support Team. He has  4 children; they give the family a very international tint (one daughter is living in Australia with her family, the eldest son has 2 beautiful adopted South-African grandchildren adopted). And there is music, literature, photography and walking in nature with Goya, his nice and very kind dog (rich back)…

Associate Professor David Nowels

David Nowels
David Nowels is a family physician at the School of Medicine, University of Colorado where he is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, practicing both family and palliative medicine.  He is the Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, and works with a variety of learners at all levels.  His research interests are in the integration of basic palliative care in primary care practice, particularly in the utility of the enhanced primary practice model as a platform for that integration. This has led to work in the policy arena as well since reimbursement and practice incentives in the US are misaligned with primary care practices systematically delivering basic palliative care.  He recently spent time as a Visiting Scholar at the Robert Graham Center – the policy center affiliated with the American Academy of Family Physicians, and works with the Eugene S. Farley Jr. Health Policy Center at the University of Colorado.

Ms Marie Lynch

Following a career as an occupational therapist, Marie Lynch worked as Regional Director for 7 years with the Irish Wheelchair Association where she also obtained her MSc. In 2007, Marie commenced employment with the Irish Hospice Foundation as Programme Manager. Her work has focused on initiating policy and programmes to support the development of palliative care for people with life limiting diseases (specifically dementia, heart failure, advancing neurological diseases and respiratory conditions) in all care settings. As part of her current role, Marie also leads out on the Primary Palliative Care Programme which seeks to enhance primary care responses to respond to the palliative care needs of those in the community.

Associate Professor Yvonne Engels

Yvonne Engels
Yvonne Engels is an Associate Professor in Timely Palliative Care at Radboudumc in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. After having worked as a midwife for about 20 years, she studied health sciences, and did her PhD on the management of primary care practices in Europe. Since 2006, she leads a research group on anticipatory palliative care. She closely collaborates with the transmural palliative care expert team. She led several quantitative and qualitative studies on identification of patients that might profit of palliative care, and of the effect of anticipatory care provision. She also led two EU funded research projects, and is co-WP leader of a currently running EU project (PACE). She coaches medical students, is actively involved in medical education and in communication training for doctors and nurses, supervised 8 PhD students who finished their thesis, and is still supervisor of 7 PhD students.

Dr Hibah Osman

Hibah Osman is a family physician in Beirut. She developed an interest in palliative care in 2008 and since then has been working to develop palliative care in Lebanon. She is founder and Medical Director of the Lebanese Center for Palliative Care – Balsam and has been working to develop palliative care in Lebanon. She is a member of the National Committee on Pain Control and Palliative Care under the Ministry of Public Health and chairs in Subcommittee of Practice. She also serves as director of the first hospital-based palliative care consultation service in Lebanon which was started in 2013 at the American University of Beirut Medical Center.

She is interested in producing culturally relevant research on palliative care in Arab countries and is working on establishing a regional network of researchers to work on collaborative studies across countries.

Associate Professor Joel Rhee

Joel Rhee is a General Practitioner in Sydney, Australia. While toying with the idea of becoming a palliative care specialist earlier in his medical training, Joel came to the conclusion that GPs and other generalists have a most important role in the provision of high quality end-of-life care. His academic work at the School of Medicine, University of Wollongong
 is focused on teaching students the art and science of Primary Care, and research to enhance GPs' ability to provide palliative care and end-of-life care planning for their patients. His clinical work is at HammondCare Centre for Positive Ageing and Care looking after residential aged care residents (especially those with advanced dementia) and retirees living in independent living units. Joel is excited about the IPPCN and he looks forward to working together with other like-minded people to improve the care of those who are most in need.