Last Aid and Public Palliative Care Education


Many people want to die at home yet in western countries may die in institutions like hospitals and nursing homes. In order to care for many people in need for Palliative Care at home compassionate communities and caring citizens are needed. Therefore Public Palliative Care Education (PPCE) is paramount. The Last Aid project helps to educate citizens about the basics of palliative care and care for dying people using materials developed by Last Aid International. More than 26000 citizens have already participated in Last Aid courses and more than 2000 trainers have been trained across many European countries such as Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Lithuania, Austria and Scotland. At present also non-europeans countries as Australia an d Brasil have started Last Aid Courses. 

The Last Aid taskforce aims to review current knowledge relating to palliative care education to support the development of a consensus guide for European countries on the optimal curriculum and content of public facing palliative care courses

This Task Force is supported by the Public Health Reference Group.



  1. Review the literature and develop an overview of the models for dissemination of palliative care knowledge to the public

  2. Map education needs of palliative care in local communities in European countries

  3. Develop a consensus based curriculum and content for Public Palliative Care Education (PPCE) programs as for example the international Last Aid Course

The result of the work shall lead to an evidence-based EAPC framework for Public Palliative Care Education (PPCE).

We wish to invite you already today to the 3rd Int. Last Aid Conference will take place in Maribor, Slovenia on the 28th 2022.  

The call for abstracts and registration is now open online at:

Georg Bollig


Associate Professor and Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine

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Boris Knopf

Steering Committee

Marius Ciurlionis

Steering Committee


The task force is a closed working group but people who are interested to participate can take contact to the chair Georg Bollig in order to become a member of the working group.

  • Erika Zelko – Slovenia
  • Marina Schmidt – Germany
  • Christine Hass-Schranzhofer – Austria
  • Nevenka Krcevski Skvarc – Slovenia
  • Ingmar Hornke – Germany
  • Mark Hazelwood – Scotland
  • Eva Niedermann – Switerzerland
  • Mari Lohmus – Estonia
  • Sonja McIlfatrick (NI) – EAPC Board link
  • Lotte Bilcher Mork – Denmark
  • Peter Nightingale – UK
  • Samar Aoun Australia – Public health reference group link
  • Emily Dobson – UK

Partner Institutions

  • Last Aid International – Germany
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • South Jutland Hospital – Denmark
  • Würdezentrum Frankfurt – Germany
  • Centro Poliklinika Vilinius – Lithuania