Palliative Care Week

Palliative Care Week aims to raise awareness of the difference palliative care can make to people with life-limiting conditions, carers and families throughout the island of Ireland. Working with partners and colleagues across the palliative care sector and with other organisations and individuals interested in health and well being, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) has facilitated an annual Palliative Care Week since 2014.

Our theme for 2021

Palliative Care: It’s more than you think, was the theme for Palliative Care Week 2021. The theme was decided following feedback from a range of people including Voices4Care members and the Palliative Care Week Reference Group. We wanted to increase understanding of what palliative care is and raise awareness of its benefits for people with life-limiting conditions.

Why Palliative Care Week?

  • Misunderstanding about palliative care persists, meaning some people who could benefit are less willing to seek it, potentially missing out on improved quality of life
  • It comes under the broad understanding of public health approaches to palliative care
  • It is in line with key palliative care policies across the island of Ireland

If you would like to get involved in Palliative Care Week 2022, please contact Yvonne McCahill, email:

AIIHPC will continue to build on and learn from the success of previous Palliative Care Weeks. Those who wish to find out more about what happened in previous campaigns can read the reports below:

Palliative Care Week 2021 Report
Palliative Care Week 2014
Palliative Care Week 2015
Palliative Care Week 2016
Palliative Care Week 2017
Palliative Care Week 2018
Palliative Care Week 2019
Palliative Care Week 2020