This series introduces candidates for the European Association for Palliative Care Board of Directors who will be standing for election (or in some cases re-election) in May 2015. We hope the blog posts provide an opportunity for candidates to explain more about themselves and how they might contribute to the EAPC and the palliative care community more generally. Board members are nominated by national associations or, in a few cases, by individual members. They are elected as individuals to service the EAPC for a four-year term, with one additional opportunity to be re-elected. The EAPC is keen to have Board members from all disciplines, at all stages of their career, and from all parts of Europe.
Today, our series continues with Mai-Britt Guldin, Clinical Psychology Specialist, Senior Researcher, Palliative Care Team, Aarhus University Hospital and Research Unit for General Practice, Institute of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark.
“Death is psychologically as important as birth, and like it, is an integral part of life.” CG Jung, 1957
In psychology, a person’s acknowledgment of loss, death and dying is understood as a defining part of life, and it can grant life perspective, awareness and clarity. This has been my inspiration to work with palliative care. I deeply believe in a holistic and interdisciplinary approach to alleviating the suffering of the palliative patient and his/her family.
I’m running for election to the EAPC Board of Directors
I was honoured to accept the nomination for candidacy to the Board of Directors of the EAPC by all three Danish membership organisations: the Danish Society of Palliative Medicine, Danish Nurses in Palliative Care and the Danish Psychological Association. When I consider the progress we have achieved in palliative care in Denmark over the past 15 years, I have learned that integrated care and interdisciplinary collaboration is the dynamic key to strengthening palliative care for the patient and in the healthcare systems.
Who am I?
Since starting my career in palliative care more than 10 years ago, I have worked with palliative care in clinical settings, in research and in policy-making. Nationally, I have served on the executive board of the Danish Multidisciplinary Cancer Groups in Palliative Care to provide a framework for guidelines in palliative care, and to develop national recommendations in palliative care. I am familiar with EAPC work processes: I have been actively attending EAPC congresses over the years, I was a member of the steering committee of the EAPC Task Force on the Role of Psychologists in Palliative Care, and I currently serve as a member of the EAPC Taskforce on Bereavement Care.
What can I bring to the Board of Directors?
I hope to contribute by bringing a psychologist’s perspective into our multi-disciplinary organisation and a Nordic perspective to the international view. Over the years, I have learned a great deal about the psychological distress and emotional suffering of patients and their families, and also about policy- making and how to move strategic issues forward. I was the founding chair of the Danish Association of Psychologists in Palliative Care; this association is now an active part of national policy-making and has just become an EAPC collective member as the first psychological association. If elected to the EAPC Board of Directors, I will be committed to continue this development, to address the complex challenges faced by the field, and to use my expertise to continue the drive for progress in palliative care.
We look forward to welcoming you to Copenhagen in May 2015 for the 14th World Congress of the EAPC. The congress is important for raising awareness, sharing knowledge, networking and planning our future visions for the field. I am happy to be a part of that.
More about the EAPC Board elections…
EAPC Board elections take place on Saturday 9 May from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm in room 171 of the Congress Center. If you are a member of the EAPC and eligible to vote please do go along and place your vote. Members can find more information on voting procedures and all the candidates standing for election on the EAPC website. (Members will need to login to access these pages). We are also publishing candidates’ posts on the EAPC Blog in the run-up to the elections. Click here to read previous posts from other candidates.
EAPC Congress update…
If you’re joining us at the14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care – Copenhagen, Denmark, 8-10 May, you can now download the final programme and the book of abstracts.
Mai-Britt Guldin will speak about ‘Identifying Complicated or Prolonged Grief and the Role of Palliative Care in Supporting People’ in the Parallel Session: Moving Forward in Bereavement Care: Emerging Issues in Service Delivery in Europe, on Saturday 9 May at 16.30 in Meeting Room 173. Danai Papadatou (Greece) and Marilyn Relf (UK) will also be presenting in this session.
Follow all the Congress events on Twitter @EAPCOnlus the official Congress hashtag is #eapc2015
EAPC Kongres update…
Vi ses på the 14th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care i København, Danmark, d. 8-10 maj, 2015. Du kan downloade det endelige program her: (final programme) og abstractbogen her: (book of abstracts). Du kan følge med på Twitter @EAPCOnlus – vores officielle kongres hashtag er #eapc2015