EAPC Board elections 2019: Introducing our candidates

Today, we introduce our candidates. Tomorrow, EAPC President Professor Phil Larkin, will explain the voting procedures…

In just ten days’ time, on 24 May, a new Board of Directors of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) will be elected for a four-year term. The EAPC will also have a new president. This is an important process because our board members are really the lifeblood of the EAPC. Together, they comprise professionals from all disciplines, at all stages of their career, and from all parts of Europe. Each board member brings different expertise, experiences and skills which enable us to represent the cultural and political diversity of our members and to fulfil our aim of speaking with ‘one voice and one vision’ on matters that are important in palliative care.

Writing in the blog in December 2018, EAPC President, Professor Phil Larkin, emphasised the importance of preparing for the EAPC Board elections and urged members to start thinking about who should represent their views for the next four years.  Members responded positively to Phil’s encouragement and we are delighted to introduce you to an exciting lineup of candidates whose backgrounds include: academic research, ethics, management, medicine, nursing, psychology, psychotherapy, social work and theology. Children’s palliative care is a prioity for at least two candidates, both of whom are founders of initiatives in their own countries. Six existing board members are standing for re-election who, if successful, will provide the continuity and wisdom of the previous board.

Standing for re-election. Top row clockwise: Catherine Walshe, Sébastien Moine, Danila Valenti, Josep Porta-Sales, Daniela Mosoiu, Christoph Osthgathe.

Meet our candidates

In total, we have 18 candiates from 17 countries. Standing for re-election are:

Daniela Mosoiu, a physician and Director of Education and National Development at Hospice Casa Sperantei in Brasov, Romania.
Danila Valenti, a physician, Head of the Palliative Care Network and Director of the Network of Palliative Care Complex Care Unit of the local health authority in Bologna, Italy.
Catherine Walshe, a nurse and Professor of Palliative Care at the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University, UK.
Dr Sébastien Moine, an academic general practitioner from France, currently a visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Co-chair of theEAPC Primary Care Reference Group.
Christoph Ostgathe, a physician and Professor of Palliative Medicine at the University of Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany.
Dr Josep Porta-Sales, a physician, Head of Support and Palliative Care at the Catalan Institute of Oncology (Girona), Spain, and Director of the ‘WeCare End of Life Care Chair’ at the ‘Universitat Internacional de Catalunya’.

New candidates standing for election

Danguole Ruzeviciene, a physician and Head of the first Children’s Pain and Palliative Care Clinic in Lithuania.
Gert Huysmans, a physician andPresident of the Federation of Palliative Care Flanders in Belgium.
Jeroen Hasselaar, a senior researcher and Assistant Professor of Palliative Care at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Karl Bitschnau, a social worker, Vice President of Hospice Austria and Co-Chair of the EAPC Task Force for Palliative Care Social Workers.

New candidates. Top row clockwise: Jeroen Hasselaar, Sandra Martins Pereira, Tomasz Dzierżanowski, Martin Loučka, Natasha Kjærstad Pedersen, Gert Huysmans.

Martin Loučka, a psychologist and palliative care researcher, founder and Head of the Center for Palliative Care in the Czech Republic.
Natasha Kjærstad Pedersen, trained in theology and health care, and founder and Chief Executive of The Norwegian Association for Children’s Palliative Care.
Paddy Stone, a physician, Professor of Palliative Medicine and Head of the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at University College London, UK.
Ron Sabar, a physician and founder and Head of Sabar Health, the first publicly funded for-profit national home hospice programme in Israel.
Sandra Martins Pereira, a nurse and a researcher at the Institute of Bioethics, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, Portugal. Co-chair of the EAPC Task Force, ‘Preparation for Practice in Palliative Care Nursing across the EU’.
Sonja McIlfatrick, a nurse and Professor of Nursing and Palliative Care and Head of School of Nursing at Ulster University in Northern Ireland.
Steffen Eychmüller, a physician, Chair for Palliative Care at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and Head of the Centre for Palliative Care at the University hospital in Bern.
Dr Tomasz Dzierżanowski, a physician, medical director of four palliative homecare facilities and an assistant professor conducting research and teaching in universities in Warsaw and Lodz, Poland.

New candidates. Top row clockwise: Karl Bitschnau, Danguole Ruzeviciene, Paddy Stone, Ron Sabar, Steffen Eychmüller , Sonja McIlfatrick.

Find out more about our candidates

Please view the nominations page of the EAPC website where you can find a personal statement for each candidate. Read what inspired their career in palliative care, their achievements and what they plan to bring to the board if elected.

Casting your vote

As Phil said in his earlier post:

“The EAPC needs to speak to the broad range of people involved in palliative care today so please bear that in mind when you cast your votes. Board members represent EAPC, not their respective countries, and so your vote should not just focus on your national candidate but you should consider all of the candidates and think about who will add something strong, innovative or different to the EAPC …This board has done great work. The next, I am sure will do the same. Who they will be is entirely up to you…”

Please read the candidates’ personal statements here. If you’re an EAPC member, eligible to vote, and you’re attending the EAPC World Congress in Berlin, please vote on Friday 24 May 2019 between 11:00 to 15:00 in room Estrel C2 of the congress venue.


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