Advocacy & Communications
A key role of the Irish Hospice Foundation is to inform people about hospice care and the value it offers to patients and their families. Hospice care is about supporting people to live a quality life until the end. It also offers support to a patient’s family and loved ones. It is a holistic approach to care that a person with a life-limiting illness should be able to access. A person of any age, any diagnosis and in any part of Ireland.
We communicate with the public is a range of ways from working with the media to publishing documents and information leaflets and organising public events to impart information or listen to the views of the public.
We also communicate in order to bring about change for the better for our most vulnerable citizens. We harness public interest in end-of-life issues and advocate for changes in policy and practices around end of life.
The public is a vital ally in this work. We encourage people to become hospice advocates by supporting the development of hospice services in their own areas or lobbying at a national level for more investment in hospice care.
Public Hearings Oct – Nov 2013
Between October 24th and 14th November 2013 the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, chaired by Jerry Buttimer TD, held a series of five public hearings on end-of-life issues. In this important process the Committee examined current arrangements for end-of-life care in Ireland and what measures might be taken to ensure that persons of all ages who are approaching the end of life are enabled to die well and with dignity.
Expert and interested speakers; including IHF CEO Sharon Foley, addressed the Committee on a variety of subjects relating to dying, death and bereavement. READ MORE >>>