Forum on end-of-life and launch of the ‘Think Ahead’ campaign – Podcasts

 On Wednesday (October 12th) the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Forum on end of life hosted its annual forum in Croke Park.

The day also saw the launch of the ‘Think Ahead’ campaign which aims to provide the public with a method of discussing and recording their end of life preferences and wishes. You can find out more about the project and fill in your own wishes on the ‘Think Ahead’ form’ on the new site HERE

For anyone who wasnt in attendance at the forum in Croke park you can listen to podcasts from the morning here

  • Recording of the morning session including the Mary Holland memorial lecture by Conor O Clery and response from Prof. Tom Inglis  – Listen HERE
  • Recording of the Mid morning session featuring the launch of the ‘Think Ahead’ website and address by an Taoiseach Enda KennyHERE (Click ‘download’  then ‘download anyway’ when link opens)
  • Recording of the afternoon session of the Forum on End-of-life Croke Park October 12 2011. Features feedback and audience questions on workshops, summary of the day by Ita Mangan and closing address by Irish Hospice Foundation board chairman Michael O Reilly. LISTEN HERE
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Vote for Hospice Friendly Hospitals ‘Dignity by Design’ video

Dignity By Design from Angela Mezzetti on Vimeo.

‘Dignity by Design’ highlights the importance of providing personal, private and dignified spaces for patients and families at end-of-life and the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Hospice Friendly Hospitals ‘Design and Dignity‘ initiative.

This short film has been entered in the Better Together video competition which is highlighting the work of charities to the public by inviting them to vote for featured videos. You can vote for and share the video HERE

World Hospice & Palliative care day 2011 – October 8th

  This Saturday (October 8th) is World Hospice & Palliative Care day, an international  day of recognition, promotion and support for hospice and palliative care.

This year the theme is ‘Many diseases, many lives, many voices – palliative care for non-communicable conditions” and the aim is to highlight the multitude of non-infectious diseases like chronic cardiovascular and respiratory conditions cared for in hospice and palliative settings.

Last month, the World Health Organisation published its ‘Global status report on non communicable disease 2010′  (Access report and country statistics HERE) which highlighted the growing health burden of rising rates of cancer, chronic respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease. UN leaders held a meeting on September 19th to address control and prevention of non-communicable diseases and highlighted the need for appropriate palliative care for all non communicable diseases (view Transcript of proceedings HERE)

Minister James Reilly speaking to the general assembly highlighted the need to care for patients ‘at lowest and most local level’ and organisers of World Hospice & Palliative Care day have called on citizens to hold leaders accountable for the palliative care needs of patients with non communicable diseases in a recent statement. 

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s ‘Palliative Care for All‘ initiative, developed out of the recommendations of the ‘palliative care for all‘ report aims to develop palliative care supports and interventions for patients with diseases other than cancer. Three action research projects focusing on patients with dementia, heart failure and advanced respiratory disease have been  in progress since last year. These projects are investigating and developing palliative care pathways for Irish patients with these chronic life limiting illnesses.

The Irish Hospice Foundation, in its statement ahead of of World Hospice & Palliative Care Day have emphasized the 17% increase in usage of their night nursing service to non-cancer patients. It also highlights the role that GPs play for terminal patients with 90% of care in the last year of life being delivered by primary care teams. The Irish Hospice Foundation’s new Primary care/Palliative care initiative aims to develop supports for patients with non malignant terminal illnesses in a primary care setting.

Details of events for World Hospice & Palliative Care day internationally are available on their home page and you can also share your stories and browse others’ insights on palliative care around the globe.