Event Summary:



1st Prize: 
Enabling optimal palliative care within Australian hospitals – opportunity for improvement: preliminary results from a sequential mixed method study

Claudia Virdun, Australia

Claudia Virdun has worked in palliative care for 20 years in either a clinical, academic or policy focused role. She has completed an Honours degree (Nursing) at the University of Sydney, a Masters degree in Advancing Professional Healthcare Practice at King’s College, London and is currently a Phd Candidate at the University of Technology Sydney, with her research focusing on optimising palliative care within the hospital setting.

The International Palliative Care Network Poster Exhibition is an amazing opportunity to engage with researchers across the world in a really time-efficient and affordable way. I particularly value the opportunity to browse through the posters in my own time where you can really take the time to read the content and then engage with fellow researchers accordingly. Reading through the amazing work underway provides a fantastic opportunity to learn and engage with others who are keen to make improvements within palliative care – I have made several notes to follow up with lead authors over coming months and look forward to doing so.

I am really excited to have won this award as I interpret doing so as positive feedback about the study I am working on from an international audience who are so well informed about palliative care. I am passionate about enabling optimal care for people with palliative care needs, within the hospital setting and would love to see practical methods to enable this, tested and shown to make a difference for patients and families. Winning this poster presentation affirms others’ interest in this area and their positive feedback about the design we are using to inform change with this feedback being very important and valued by our research team – huge thanks!


2nd Prize:
Bridging the Gap Quality improvement project – reaching out into the community to improve understanding and spiritual care

Dr Mary Johnston, United Kingdom

Mary Johnston currently works as a junior doctor in general medicine in a hospital in London. She has been passionate about palliative care for many years and has worked in hospices around the UK.

When I heard about the international palliative care network poster conference it sounded so interesting, bringing so many different perspectives from around the world. It was an honour to even be chosen for it let alone win an award especially when looking at so many other amazing posters involved.

Really the credit for all of this lies with Nipuna Gunawardena who started in project and chaired it. Then there is the rest of the junior doctors who worked on it Emma Mackenzie, Rosemary Stewart, Sekinat Yusuf, Louisa Stockton, Carmen Kai and Eliana Shekarchi-Khanghahi. And to our fantastic palliative care consultants Julia Bichard and Antke Hagena who supported us so much.

A massive thank you to all the people you saw our poster and gave feedback.


3rd Prize
The Role of Support Groups in Improving the Quality of Life of Families in Children’s Palliative Care
Aina Briede, Latvia

Aina Briede  has been working at University Children’s Hospitals Palliative Care Department as a chaplain since 1999.

Her professional career in the field of Latvia’s medicine lasts for 50 years, initially working as a nurse. The last 20 years have been spent working as a chaplain and developing children’s palliative care in Latvia.

Briede is one of the first chaplains in Latvia who started to work in hospitals, in order to give professional spiritual support to the patients during their treatment. She is the first chaplain in Latvia who started to use clinical mental health counselling as a form of treatment in palliative care.

I am very grateful to receive such evaluation of our work, also for the initiative to organize this kind of exchange of experience and this type of motivation for the professional’s in the field of children’s palliative care.

This poster exhibition is relevant to every professional, because it provides them with an opportunity to evaluate their strong points as well as their weak points. It was a great opportunity to exchange experience with professionals from other countries and understand the development of palliative care services in the rest of the world.



  • Pain Assessment in Cancer Patients
    André Amato Valois, Portugal


  • Barriers and Facilitators to Establishing Radiotherapy Services in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Qualitative Study
    Andrew Donkor, Australia


  • People want to talk about death and dying
    Georg Bollig, Denmark


  • Co-designing palliative care research with patients and families – an opportunity to enable our research to answer questions that truly matter to those we are providing care for
    Claudia Virdun, Australia


  • Impact of Palliative Radiation Therapy on QOL in Patients with Painful Bone Metastases using EORTC QLQC30 and QLQBM22 , Regional Cancer Centre, Jipmer Experience
    Divya Bharathi, India


  • The Burden of Caregivers of Elderly Patients at University College Hospital Ibadan
    Omoyeni Nkechi Eunice, Nigeria


  • One in Ten Older Adults Aged ≥ 45 Years Reports Having “No-one to Turn To” (NTTT) for Help at the End of Life Apart from Professionals – Who are They?
    Julia Verne, United Kingdom


  • Resident Survey of Delivering Difficult News in a Tertiary Hospital in Sub Saharan Africa – A Thematic Analysis
    Karishma Sharma, Kenya


  • Retrospective analysis of Palliative Care referral trends in patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer
    Neha Singh, India


  • Pain and Hospitalization
    Simone Garruth dos Santos Machado Sampaio, Brazil


Free access to the poster exhibition

Access the exhibition by creating a complimentary account on palliativecarenetwork.com.

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Registration will remain open during the month-long event.

Poster Submission Guidelines:

Submit your information and poster using the link at:  https://bit.ly/2WVQyPP


Award Sponsor

International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

1st:  $300

2nd:  $200

3rd:  $100


Time Line:

Submissions accepted from June 15 – September 30, 2019

ONLINE Poster Exhibition: November 15 – December 15, 2019

Awards announced: December 31, 2019
*dates subject to change