Dr Alan Barnard (co-chair)

I am a family doctor from Cape Town and enjoy being involved in many aspects of clinical practice. I have been involved with palliative care since the 1980s and spent my student elective in a hospice in 1985. This was a formative time and I knew then that my career would always involve palliative medicine. Family practice offers many opportunities to be involved with patients 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 scholarship of health sciences education, which interest was fostered in the SAFRI Fellowship, which I endorse wholeheartedly.

I love creative arts and literature and enjoy connecting with the emotions these evoke. 

Dr Sébastien Moine (co-chair)

Sébastien Moine is a French General Practitioner. He lived in Paris and worked as a GP in Picardy (2008-2017) in a Multi-Professional Group Practice where he contributed to create a primary palliative care pilot project called SCoP3 (Proactive Planned multi-Professional Co-ordinated Primary Care). Sébastien was also a physician in Compiègne Hospital Palliative Care Support Team (2014-2017).

Currently about to complete his PhD in public health on the development and evaluation of SCoP3 complex intervention (University of Paris 13/ Amiens university hospital), Sébastien has moved with his spouse and their two daughters to Scotland, where he is now a visiting fellow (2017-2018) within the Primary Palliative Care Research Group (University of Edinburgh).

Sébastien has been a member of the Scientific Council of the French Society for Palliative Care (SFAP), and he is co-chairing the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) Primary Care Reference Group with Professor Scott Murray.

Ms Marie Lynch (newsletter editor)

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 Joel Rhee (webpage editor)

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.

Associate Professor Yvonne Engels
It is my personal goal to increase the quality of life of palliative patients. Important aspects are: timely identification, future care planning, and attention for existential needs for palliative patients. Being one of the first researchers focusing on this specific topic within palliative care, I became very successful in obtaining research grants (5 million Euro in the last five years) and in building my own research line.

I worked for 18 years as a midwife (1980-1998), with the personal endeavor to provide high quality  personalized care to mother and child. I anticipated on possible future risks, striving for a safe, harm free delivery for mother and child, and timely discussed future wishes and needs. As I wanted to increase my scientific knowledge, I acquired a master in  health sciences (1998; Cum Laude). In 2005 I defended my PhD thesis on the organization of general practice in Europe. Shortly after, in February 2006, I was invited to be the co-founder of a palliative care expertise center. Surprisingly, I experienced that what is common practice in midwifery is not usual in palliative care: anticipating on patient’s wishes, needs and future scenario’s, which resulted in striving for the above-mentioned goal.

I developed tools and training sessions to facilitate the application of early palliative care, including an e-health application, and have coordinated several prospective studies. I was able to find methods to successfully include palliative patients. I successfully led two EU-(co)funded international projects: Europall (PHEA; 2007-2010) and IMPACT (FP7 2011-2015), currently co-lead a work package of a Horizon 2020 international research project (PACE; 2014-2019), am board member of the international primary palliative care network (IPPCN), research leader of the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC) primary palliative care steering group and member of the international Interdem group.  In the past few years, I have been evaluator of and opponent in PhD committees in several countries.

I was member of the Dutch guideline committee ‘palliative care in patients with heart failure’, and board member of the research group that represents all Dutch palliative care expertise centers.

Now, 12 years later, I am acknowledged as an international leader (authority) in the field of palliative care. I have built bridges between medical specialisms, between first and second line care, and between researchers from different countries.

Associate Professor Yasemin Kılıç Öztürk

Yasemin Kılıç Öztürk, who is particularly specialized on General Practice and working at the Health Sciences University Tepecik Training and Research Hospital Family Medicine Clinic in Izmir, Turkey since 2013. She developed an interest in palliative care in 2012 and since then has been working to develop Palliative Care Services in Turkey. Yasemin is the Medical Director of the first Family Medicine Palliative Care Center in Turkey and has been working to improve palliative care practices and researches all over Turkey. She coaches nearly 60 Family Medicine Residents, is actively involved in palliative care training for doctors, nurses, family caregivers and patients, supervised many GP thesis. She took a part in the organisation and scientific committees in many national and international symposiums and congress about Palliative Care, Hospice and Aging Population. Her latest researches are on palliative care, end of life care, home care, family caregivers and preventative health care. She has also many presented and published researches on obesity, hypertension, preventive health care, health law, female and geriatric health care. She is a member of National Palliative Care Associations in Turkey; and she is selected to be one of the 20 future Palliative Care Leaders by the Steering Committee of the European Palliative Care Academy (EUPCA) in 2017. Recently, she is a participant at 2017-2019 Palliative Care Leadership Programme designed by EUPCA. She is the executive member and Turkish Representative of International Primary Palliative Care Network and European Association of Palliative Care Primary Palliative Care Taskforce.

She is married and has a son. She loves reading, fishing and swimming. She thinks that “Working about Palliative Care and by the way meeting the incredible IPPCN team changed her life in the best way…”

Professor Geoff Mitchell (founding co-chair)

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.

Dr Daniel Munday

Daniel Munday is a consultant in palliative medicine and health services research based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is Visiting Professor in Palliative Care at National Academy of Medical Sciences, Kathmandu, Honorary Associate Clinical Professor at Warwick Medical School and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at University of Edinburgh.

He trained and worked as GP in Aberdeen for a number of years before going into palliative care full time and qualifying as a specialist in palliative medicine. He was an academic at Warwick Medical School and community consultant in palliative medicine in Coventry where his research interests were in the interface between primary and specialist palliative care. He was particularly interested in the reasons for emergency hospital admission of patients with palliative care needs and systems of community palliative care provision. He claims to have coined the term ‘Primary Palliative Care’ during an after dinner conversation with Dr Rodger Charlton and contributed to Rodger’s 2001 book which bears that title.

Since 2013 he has been working in Nepal and north India undertaking needs assessments in palliative care and evaluating primary care and palliative care services in remote areas. He is particularly interested in primary care led NCD management as part of Universal Health Coverage and the integration of palliative care as one of the essential elements of UHC. He led the international group which developed SPICT-LIS (for low income settings).

Professor Scott Murray (founding co-chair)

Scott Murray is the St. Columba’s Hospice Chair of Primary Palliative Care at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He leads the first in the world palliative care research group based in an academic department of family medicine. By developing innovative longitudinal qualitative research his team has popularised the concept of typical trajectories of decline in the last years of life, and on that basis calls for a radical redesign of palliative care services to meet the needs of different patients. He has helped his colleague Kirsty Boyd develop the SPICT, a validated tool to help generalists identify patients for palliative care which is proving useful in all settings internationally. Scott has produced innovate short videos such as “Living and dying well” and “Strictly come Dying” to stimulate public understanding and debate of palliative care.

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.

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.

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)…

Founding Members

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.