Established in 1993 as an all island body with the purpose of promoting palliative care nationally and internationally, the Irish Association for Palliative Care (IAPC) is a multi-disciplinary membership organisation.

The membership reflects the entire spectrum of all those who work in or have a professional interest in the provision of palliative care: doctors; nurses; social workers; chaplains and pastoral carers; pharmacists; psychologists; physiotherapists; occupational therapists; dieticians; as well as executive staff, academics and educationalists. Membership also includes clinicians and allied health professionals working in related areas such as geriatrics, oncology, psycho-oncology, paediatrics, and pain management.

As a sole membership organisation for those involved in the provision of palliative care, the IAPC is the primary collective and expert voice for palliative care in Ireland.

The core objectives of the IAPC are to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of the palliative care sector through developing the professional capacity of individuals;
  • Promote the palliative care agenda through the Association’s collective and expert voice;
  • Drive patient-centred, equitable and accessible palliative care for all who need it through utilising the Association’s expertise to influence and shape national policy.

The Association pursues its objectives through providing structured opportunities for networking, sharing and learning, educational offerings, promoting evidence-based research, publications, representation on national bodies and influencing the development of national policy.

Internationally it is strongly aligned with the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC).