International Access, Rights and Empowerment phase II (IARE II), Project GlobalCARE & The Fellowships Consortium
Lara graduated from Monash University, Australia with a BA in Sociology and a MA in Applied Social Research. Lara began working at the Cicely Saunders Institute when she moved to the UK in early 2014, providing support for the Transforming End of Life Care project. She later joined the BuildCARE project team as the Research & Dissemination Facilitator in the Dissemination, Engagment and Empowerment (DEE) programme.
In August 2015, Lara moved into a new role of Project Administrator for three interrelated projects funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies. With collaborators at Trinity College Dublin and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, these projects will address the escalating need for palliative care, both locally and globally, as well as the issue of unequal and often poor access to palliative care services.
Project GlobalCARE addresses these issues by developing and providing screening tools, and new models of integrated working that can be embedded into mainstream care to improve patient and family care.
The Fellowships Consortium programme responds to the WHO resolution by investing in human capital to develop future leaders in palliative care. The programme establishes and supports the learning of international leaders, who will ensure the development of high-quality care for growing numbers of people with chronic illness.
Building on phase one of this multi-country study (conducted under project BuildCARE), IARE II will examine the preferences and care experiences of older patients and families with chronic disease, who are not afforded access to specialist palliative care.
In addition to her project duties, Lara also coordinates the Institute’s Visitor Programme and the Cicely Saunders International Annual Lecture.