The Cicely Saunder’s lecture will be broadcast to The Education & Research Centre at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services. Professor David Kissane will deliver this year’s lecturer titled; Integrating the Existential and Psychosocial into Palliative Medicine: Hope, Value and Meaning counter Demoralization to Sustain Patients, Families and Care Teams.


Date:   Wed. Oct 4th 2017

Time:   4.45pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Education & Research Centre, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Dublin

Fee:    Attendance is free


Professor David Kissane is an academic psychiatrist, psycho-oncology researcher and palliative care physician. He is currently Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Monash University, Australia; previously Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; and before that, Foundation Chair of Palliative Medicine, University of Melbourne.

He has made seminal contributions to the development of Psycho-Oncology and Palliative Medicine as disciplines. He has contributed significantly to the use of support groups in cancer care, developed a model of family-centered care in both palliative care and bereavement, researched the state of demoralization as a form of existential distress, and built a comprehensive communication skills training program.

His measure of demoralization has been translated into more than 12 languages, and has revealed a prevalence of clinically significant demoralization in 15% of palliative care patients and it has stimulated the development of existentially-oriented psychotherapies. Recent books include;

  • Oxford Textbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care, Second Edition (Oxford, 2017)
  • Management of Clinical Depression and Anxiety (Oxford, 2017)
  • and Bereavement Care for Families (Routledge, 2014)


Please email the participant’s name, organisation and email address to Bernadette Pirihi or telephone: 01 4912948.