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Moving Points in Palliative Care Conference 2018

Michael Kearney MD, has been working in palliative care and hospice for over thirty years.  He is currently practicing in Santa Barbara, California.  His new book, “The Nest in the Stream: Lessons from Nature on Being with Pain,”  will be available in February 2018.

About Michael

Michael is a physician specializing in hospice and palliative medicine, with over 35 years experience.  He trained and worked at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London with Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the modern hospice movement, and subsequently worked for many years as medical director of Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin, Ireland.  He later worked with Professor Balfour Mount at McGill University in Montreal, where together they introduced a program of healing (as whole person care) into the undergraduate medical curriculum, and as medical director of The Anam Cara Project for Compassionate Companionship in Life and Death in Bend, Oregon. He is a founding partner of Palliative Care Consultants of Santa Barbara and works as medical director of the Palliative Care Consultation Service at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and with the Community Palliative Care Program. He also works as associate medical director of Serenity House with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara.


Radhule Weininger PhD, MD, is a clinical psychologist, and teacher of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist psychology.

Her book, “Heartwork: The Path of Self-Compassion,” was published by Shambala publications in July 2017.

About Radhule

In 1981, taking a much-needed break from medical school, I went to live in India and subsequently Sri Lanka. I stayed for about a year, living in a monastery. Having no previous knowledge of meditation and its inherent gifts, that journey is where I began my own path of meditation practice and study of Buddhist philosophy and psychology. I’ve continued my practice, traveling our world extensively, and maintain a practice as a psychologist/psychotherapist integrating Western and Buddhist psychology.

For many years now, Jack Kornfield has been my mentor. I have been enriched by my studies with him, as he is an immensely skillful teacher, but because he is also a psychologist, has an astute understanding of the predicament of human emotions, entrapments of the mind, and how to relieve psychological as well as spiritual suffering. From him, I have learned the importance of kindness, compassion for oneself and for others.


Praise for the speakers

“There is no healing without heartwork, intimately tending to the wounds we’ve been avoiding for so long. In this powerful and beautiful book, Radhule Weininger will help you find the courage, pathways, and clarity needed to embrace this life with love.”

Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my day. I found the speakers touched the core of where I was at, in particular Michael Kearney”

Moving Points Attendee 2017

“Really enjoyed the day. Lots of information and feel I will be processing it for some time. Speakers came across experiential, knowledgeable and practical. Impressed.”

Moving Points Conference Attendee 2017

“Kearney’s work is deep, thorough, risky, elegant and poetic. He is an exemplar for all those who come to realize that self-healing is a necessary condition for helping others to be healed. It is a win-win bargain.”

Edward Bastian, PhD, Director Spiritual Paths Foundation

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Rheum for Health

This one day conference will incorporate key opinion leaders focusing on the areas of diet (Prof Donal O’Shea – The Power of Fat), exercise (Dr Louise Larkin – Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis) and work (Ms Yvonne Codd – Addressing Employment Participation in Inflammatory Arthritis) (Ms Grainne O’Leary – Facing Arthritis Together) as well as three patient case study presentations by members of the multidisciplinary team from Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services and the patient offering their personal experience.

With an interactive, case-based format there will be an opportunity for insightful audience participation and the building of enhanced awareness into patient care.

Conference Programme


Prof. Donal O’Shea
Prof. O’Shea is a consultant endocrinologist and physician based in St Vincent’s University Hospital and St Columcille’s Hospital.  He is the principle investigator in a research group that currently focuses on the study of the health consequences of obesity. Dr O’Shea qualified from University College Dublin in 1989. He moved to Hammersmith Hospital in London and worked as a Registrar in General Medicine, Cardiology and Endocrinology before being appointed as Senior Registrar in the Department of Diabetes & Endocrinology. In 1996, he was appointed to the post of Consultant Physician/Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Charing Cross Hospital, UK. In 1999, he moved to his current position in St Vincent’s University Hospital.

Dr. Louise Larkin
Dr. Larkin completed her MSc (Research and Thesis) and PhD at the Department of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick in the area of physical activity and behaviour change in inflammatory arthritis. Dr. Larkin’s primary research interests are in the fields of physical activity and behaviour change in the primary care setting.  She has clinical experience in both the public and private sectors in Ireland, having worked in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurology, rheumatology and gerontology.

Ms Grainne O’Leary
Gráinne O’Leary is Acting CEO and Head of Services in Arthritis Ireland.  Over the past 13 years she has developed, lead and implemented an ambitious services programme for people living with arthritis and supporting infrastructure for service delivery, including the Stanford University Self-Management Programme to over 5,000 people.  She has actively participated in the growth of the organisation and the ongoing development and implementation of its long- term strategy.  Gráinne has built, motivated and managed teams of staff and volunteers to deliver on the strategic goals, objectives and targets of the services.  She is a Stanford University accredited Master Trainer in the Chronic Disease and Arthritis Self-Management Programmes.

Ms. Yvonne Codd
Ms. Codd is a senior occupational therapist in rheumatology at Naas General Hospital and a PhD researcher with Trinity College Dublin. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, holding a BSc. and an MSc. in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in Primary Care Paediatric OT and School Support Team roles as well as in Primary Care (adult services). Her research interests include inflammatory arthritis, supporting engagement and participation in employment, social and community roles.

Please click here to view talk from our previous conference.

Continuing Professional Development / Accreditation

  • Nurses: Being sought from Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • Doctors: Being sought from Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI).
  • Health and Social Care Professionals: As per relevant body.
  • Certificates stating hours of learning will be issued after the event.

DIRECTIONS: For transport and location please visit our Location page

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