European Association for Palliative Care

Joanne Brennan

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Joanne Brennan

Joanne lives on a farm in Kilkenny, Ireland with her husband, their 2 children and a variety of animals! She qualified as a physiotherapist in the UK in 1997. In 1999 she began working at the Christie Hospital NHS Trust as a specialist oncology physiotherapist and it was here that her interest in palliative and end-of-life care began to grow. Throughout her clinical career she has concentrated on the provision of physiotherapy for people diagnosed with cancer. Providing support for those going through treatment, surviving beyond treatment, living with cancer or dying from cancer. Her greatest teachers, and those whom have had the most impact and influence on her have been the people (patients and their loved ones) she has worked with.

Education, advocacy and quality improvement have always been an important part of her work and she has extensive experience in these both in physiotherapy and also in end-of-life care. In 2007 she began working with the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) on their ‘Hospice Friendly Hospitals’ programme, an ambitious project which aimed to improve the delivery of end-of-life care in Ireland on a national scale. She has contributed to the development, design and delivery of the IHF’s healthcare training programmes and continues to deliver education, training and support to staff throughout the country in hospitals and residential care settings. She is passionate about person-centred end-of-life care and her aim through this work is to support healthcare staff to be confident and comfortable when communicating with patients and their loved ones, particularly in end-of-life situations.

Joanne joined the EAPC in April 2021. She is thankful for the opportunity to work with the EAPC head office team, Board and the many experts of the palliative care community who are part of the EAPC Task Force and Reference Groups.