Forum on End-of-life – About
In 2009, the Irish Hospice Foundation launched the Forum on End-of-Life in Ireland. This started with a year-long listening exercise aimed at gathering people’s views and opening dialogue on a very broad range of issues, through public meetings, workshops, presentations and invitations for submissions.
This ‘national conversation’ on dying, death and bereavement involved:
- Over 167 written submissions from individuals and organisations
- 23 workshops, at which 108 presentations were delivered
- Public meetings in nine locations countrywide – Dublin (2), Galway, Cork, Limerick, Sligo, Tullamore, Waterford and Dundalk.
What emerged was a picture of the issues that are of most concern to Irish people in relation to end of life:
- Autonomy and dignity
- End-of-life care
- Spiritual and psychological care
- Support for carers
- Administrative issues
- Respectful care after death.
For further details, click on Issues emerging from Forum consultation
National Council of the Forum on End of Life
The work and vision of the Forum is now being carried on by the National Council of the Forum on End of Life, established in July 2010 and chaired by Mrs Justice Catherine McGuinness. Membership of the National Council reflects a wide range of stakeholders and diversity in relation to end-of-life issues.
In October 2013 the National Council of the Forum on End of Life launched an updated Action Plan for 2013 – 2015 at Forum 2013 .
The purpose of the Action Plan is to prioritise a programme of actions to inform the work of the National Council for the Forum on End of Life in Ireland thereby ensuring the reform of end-of-life care in Ireland.
The Action Plan sets out four main goals for 2013 – 2015:
- Develop a framework for end-of-life strategy / roadmap for action for Ireland
- Promote planning and organization of end of life through advance planning tools, and in particular the Think Ahead tool
- Promote engagement and debate with the public on end-of-life issues in their broadest sense
- Strengthen regulation and standard setting for end-of-life services
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