Palliative services in Ireland are desperately in need of investment and too often patients are “disempowered” at the point of death, according to leading oncologist and Independent Senator Professor John Crown.
Writing for the inaugural issue of the Irish edition of ehospice.com, a global online end-of-life news and information resource, Professor Crown says patients with certain conditions don’t have the same access to palliative services as patients with cancer. Read the full article now at www.ehospice.com/ireland
The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) has the license to run the Irish site. It will publish news, commentary and analysis from the hospice, palliative, and end of life care sector.
Ehospice is aimed at anyone with a professional or personal interest in palliative care, offering a single point of access to intelligence and good practice. There are ehospice editions around the world including the UK, South Africa, the USA, India, Australia and Canada.
The launch editor of ehospice Ireland is well known journalist and former editor of the Irish Independent, Claire Grady. Also working on the project is former Irish Times journalist Miriam Donohoe, Head of Communications and Advocacy with the IHF and Mary Ellen Breen, former editor of the Waterford News & Star and Communications Officer with the IHF.
Today’s inaugural edition of ehospice Ireland also includes an exclusive story about the launch later this week of the first tool kit for Irish primary school teachers to guide them on supporting pupils who have suffer bereavement. There is also news from the voluntary hospice movement in Ireland and details on conferences, workshops and events relevant to the sector.
ehospice launched in October 2012 and has had almost half a million users and over 2.5 million page views. It is available on mobile and desktop websites as well as an iPad and iPhone app. An Android app is currently in development.
David Praill, Chair of ehospice and CEO of Hospice UK, said today: “We are delighted that the Irish Hospice Foundation is launching an Ireland edition of ehospice. The vision of ehospice is to improve patient care by ensuring everyone working in palliative care is part of a networked world.
“ehospice will provide those working in the sector an opportunity to share their news and good practice with colleagues in Ireland and globally, leading to better care for more people and greater awareness of hospice and palliative care.”
Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, said ehospice Ireland is an important development for the entire hospice movement here.
“It will provide a dedicated online platform – not in existence in Ireland at the moment – for health professionals, policy makers and service users to share news, views and analysis on hospice and palliative care, bereavement and end-of-life issues.
“ehospice Ireland will offer a single point of access to intelligence and good practice from around the world and will help professionals here keep up to date. It will also give a voice to those receiving care and an opportunity to tell their individual stories and will help creative awareness of what palliative care is, and dispel some of the myths.
“I believe ehospice Ireland will increase the profile of the sector here, thereby helping raise awareness around the important issues.”
ehospice Ireland can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01 6793188