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Raising Awareness

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.

Influencing Policy

We also communicate and advocate 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, including developing and supporting hospice care.

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.

Our Advocacy Goals for 2017

Ensure everyone has access to the best care at end of life and in bereavement through a political and public policy  commitment to a strategic, responsive, population-wide approach to end of life issues. Within this, we aim to:

  • Embed end of life and bereavement issues in public policy across all Government departments
  • Lead, support, encourage and enable people to discuss and plan for end of life – to think ahead
  • Commence Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 urgently
  • Ensure the health care system delivers best palliative, end of life and bereavement care in all care settings.

Within this, we aim to:

  • Bridge gaps and inequalities in palliative care infrastructure and implement recommendations in Palliative Care Services Three Year Development Framework
  • Development of a policy framework on bereavement
  • Funding for sustainability of IHF programmes

More From This Section:

Press Releases

If you are a member of the press or media and need additional information on press releases contact our communications team Press Releases 2018 Paul Kimmage and daughter Evelyn to tackle epic challenge across three countries in aid of The Irish Hospice Foundation Irish Hospice Foundation paper highlights improvements and gaps in palliative care services […] Read more >

Advocacy agenda

From the very start, the work of the Irish Hospice Foundation has been rooted in the experience of patients and their families. Dr Mary Redmond was so impressed by the quality of care that her father received at Our Lady’s hospice in Dublin that she set up the Irish Hospice Foundation in 1986 to fundraise […] Read more >

Advocacy Campaigns and Priorities

‘THROUGH ADVOCACY AND AWARENESS-RAISING, WE WORK TO PROMOTE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF END-OF-LIFE CARE ISSUES AND TO INFLUENCE DECISION-MAKERS TO MAKE SERVICES MORE WIDELY AVAILABLE TO ALL WHO NEED THEM’.  PRIORITIES We work to ensure that every man, woman and child with palliative care needs has immediate access to a high quality service. Ireland does […] Read more >

Information for the Media

We are available to provide expert comment and briefings on a range of issues relating to death, dying and bereavement an to connect with people who want to share their stories. If you are a journalist, media researcher or producer and you require more information about The Irish Hospice Foundation and its work please contact […] Read more >

Oireachtas hearings and debates

  Seanad Éireann,  End-of-Life Care and Bereavement April 2014 Proposed by Senator Marie Louise O Donnell, a members motion on End-of-Life Care and Bereavement was discussed on Wednesday April 16th. Full transcript of the motion can be accessed HERE Watch recording HERE   Joint Committee Hearings October / November 2013 Between October 24th and 14th November 2013 the Oireachtas […] Read more >

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