Meet the PMU Team

The PMU team has the following responsibilities in the NursEduPal@Euro project

  1. Co-lead in the development of performance assessment and (self)reflection tools for each of the innovative teaching methodologies (strategy effect measurements) to evaluate the acquisition of Palliative Care Core Competencies including spiritual care;
  2. We will review the training materials and support and strengthen the partnership for influencing policy;
  3. We will disseminate the outputs of the Project globally via the Global Network of World Health Organization Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifes
Prof. Dr. Piret Paal

Prof. Dr. Piret Paal


Piret Paal is a professor of palliative care. She currently works as the Director of the Institute of Palliative Care at Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria. Her research interests include patient-centred care, palliative care education and spiritual care. She is the author and co-author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, scientific proceedings, books and book chapters. Prof. Dr. Paal has been a member of the European Association for Palliative Care since 2011. She is an active member of the EAPC’s Palliative Care Education Reference Group.
Cornelia Brandstötter

Cornelia Brandstötter

Project researcher

Cornelia Brandstötter is an educational/pedagogical scientist. Currently she is writing her doctoral thesis about the experience of alienment in the form of chronical illness. She is working as a coordinator for the WHO Collaborating Centre and as a research assistant at the department for nursing science and practice at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria. Her main research interests are: palliative care, spiritual care, LGBTIQ+ in nursing, experiences of alienment in relation to (chronic) illness and education.
Céline Baele



Céline has research expertise in the field of health, work- and emotion psychology and has been involved in different healthcare-related projects at Howest University of Applied Sciences. She has expertise in coaching, training and education (a.o. as a lecturer) and has experience in moderating ethical case deliberation. She holds a master degree in Psychology and is currently working on her PhD in Work and Organizational Psychology, in which her focus is on moral distress and its impact on wellbeing and competence in healthcare personnel.



Heidi is a senior lecturer and coordinator of simulation at Howest. She is specialised in skills lab and has an advanced licence in simulation training and coaching. She is a registered nurse with expertise as a head nurse in homecare and psychiatric care.
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