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A nationwide campaign to highlight how palliative care can improve the quality of life of any person with an incurable illness, has been announced.


The campaign Making the most of life will take place during the first-ever Palliative Care Week fromOctober 6-11. It is an all-island campaign and being coordinated by the All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC).


The Minister for Primary Care, Social Care and Mental Health Kathleen Lynch said: “I warmly welcome the first-ever all-island Palliative Care Week as an opportunity to encourage new conversations among patients, carers, families and health and social care professionals about how a palliative care approach benefits a person with an incurable illness as well as their family and carers.”


The campaign aims to change the common public perception that palliative care is about pain relief for older people during the final days of life, to an understanding that including a palliative care approach, as part of a medical care plan, helps to achieve the best possible quality of life for a person with an incurable condition.


AIIHPC Director Paddie Blaney said: “A palliative care approach looks at much more than medical need. It seeks to care for all aspects of the person - mind, body and spiritual.


“It is beneficial for anyone with a non-curable illness, regardless of age or condition and also supports their family, friends and carers both during an illness and afterwards.


“For the very best outcomes palliative care starts as early as possible and is suitable for a number of years, not just the weeks and days at the end of life.”


The campaign is being supported by the patient group Voices4Care member and advocate Carmel Geoghegan whose mother received palliative care: “Palliative care enables people to enjoy a better quality of life and when faced with an incurable illness. It was a great comfort for my Mum and our extended family and friends to have that special time”, she said.


The campaign is being supported by the Department of Health, HSE and providers of hospice and palliative care across the country, as well as all health agencies in Northern Ireland.


Many information events will take place across the country during Palliative Care Week, as well as newspaper, radio and online adverts. More information will be at www.palliativecareweek.com


Further Information

Ronan Cavanagh, Cavanagh Communications: (086) 317 9731.

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ICHN wish to thank

Ainna Fawcett Hensey/ Professor Laserina O Connor /Denise GillespieANP/Neill Dunne ANP  for their presentations at AGM and for making their presentations available to members 

ICHN AGM presentations 

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Children’s Rights Now!  is a new bi-monthly bulletin issued by the Children’s Rights Alliance exclusively for members. We would love to get your feedback on the Bulletin. If you have an issue, training course or employment opportunity that you would like to see in the bulletin please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Oireachtas Developments

The Cabinet reshuffle saw the appointment of Dr. James Reilly TD as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs; Jan O'Sullivan TD as Minister for Education; and Leo Varadkar TD as Minister for Health.
Judge Yvonne Murphy appointed as Chair of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation
On 16 July, Judge Yvonne Murphy was appointed as Chair of the Commission of Investigation into matters related to mother and baby homes and the report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Mother and Baby Homes was published. 

Legislative Developments

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014 
This Act was signed into law on 27 July and merges the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority to create the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commissison. The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan will take up the role of Chief Commissioner of the new body in the Autumn as will the new Director of the Commission, Sinead Gibney.

The Public Health (Sunbeds)Act, 2014 
This Act was signed into law on July 18 and prohibits the use of sunbeds for young people under the age of 18 years.

National Policy Developments

Changes to the Ater-School Child Care and Community employment Schemes  
From 14 July 2014 the eligability criteria and subvention of the after-school Child Care and Community Employment Schemems (ASCC) were changed to increase access to the prgorammes for low income families.

Funding Restored to Organisations under the SSNO Scheme
Funding is being restored to a number of health, disability and other organisations for a 12 month period, following a review of the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO).

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People
The Children's Rights Alliance was invited by the Minister for Children to nominate three representatives for appointment to the Advisory Council being established under the National Policy framework for Children and Young People. Following an open call for applications the three representatives chosen are Karen Kiernan (Chief Executive, One Family), Caroline O'Sullivan (Director of Services ISPCC) and Tanya Ward (Chief Executive, Children's Rights Alliance).

Recent Case Law

RS v TS (High Court)
In a judical separation case, the Court granted the parents of children joint custody and equal access on a week-on and week-off basis despite evidence from a clinical psychologist that it would be in the children's best interests to spend the majority of time with their mother.

Mennesson v France and Labasse v France ( European Court of Human Rights)
The European Court of Human Rights held that France violated the rights of children born as a result of surrogacy by refusing to legally recognise their parentage.

MF & anor v Child and Family Agency (District Court)
The Court refused an application to discharge a care order and return a child to the care of his parents. The Judge noted as significant that the parents felt it necessary to lodge proceedings in the courts in order to initate the process of parental assessment for the the retun of their child.

The Child and Fmaily Agency v CG & JB (District Court) 
The Court refused an application by the Child and Family Agency for a care order  in respect of three children until the age of 18. The Court considered in detail how the porportionality test applies in childcare cases before the courts.


International Developments

The UN Human Rights Committee examined Ireland under ICCPR
Under the examination of Ireland's Fourth report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee made a series of reccomendations including calling for Ireland to introduce a ban on hitting children in all settings.

Prince Zeid of Jordan appointed new High Commissioner for Human Rights
The UN General Assembly has unamiously approved Prince Zeid of Jordan as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights. He will succeed Navi Pillay.

UNCRC Day of General Discussion on Digital Media and Children's Rights
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will hold a Day of General Discussion on digital media and  children's rights on 12 September 2014. The discussion will be webcast live and young people are encouraged to get involved through social media.

Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rightss seeking Submissions
The Office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights is seeking submissions on the theme 'toward a better investment in the rights of the child'. (Closing date 3 October)


Training Opportunities

Brief Encounters is delivered as a 3 Day Course. The focus is on early intervention and opportunities to enhance family wellbeing and thus improve outcomes for children.

Law Society of Ireland: Diploma in Family Law
The Diploma provides a comprehensive understanding of family law in this jurisdiction and will examine recent cutting edge developments in core areas of family law and practice.

Kings Inns: Advanced Diploma in Juvenile Justice
This advanced diploma is targeted at those who work with, or wish to work with young people in a variety of roles within the juvenile justice area in Ireland. Start date October 2014.

PCI College: Postgraduate Certificate in Child and Adolscent Counselling and Psychotherapy
This postgraduate certificate focuses on working effectivly with young people in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Students will engage in clinical placements to meet with the course requirment of 50 client hours. Start date October 2014.

Funding Opportunities

Vodafone Ireland World of Difference- Closing Date 8 September
This programme offers four individuals the chance to work with an Irish chairty of their choice providing them with a year's salary.

St. Stephen's Green Trust - Closing date 12 September
This Trust is open for applications which focus on issues of social injustice relating to prisoners/ex-prisoners and their families; Travellers; and specific aspects of homlessness.

Pobal Community Fund for National Organisations- Closing date 15 September
This fund supports 4 or 5 national organisations with initatives that will have a positive impact on the programmes Pobal manage, including, but not exclusively, evidence based research or learning, particularly from the local level which would benefit a wider national audience. 

Mars Milk Fund - Closing date 30 September
This fund will be donating cash awards to different sports individuals and clubs every month over the next 12 months.

European Youth Foundation Aunnual Work Plan Grant- Closing date 1 October
This grant provides funding for a series of activites relating to European activites, pilot activites and also publications (including web development).

Tesco Community Fund - Applications Ongoing
Every six weeks local Tesco stores donate up to €1,000 to help three good causes. Applications can be from local charities, youth and sports groups from accross the country.


Employment Opportunities

Mental Health Reform: Admin Execuitve- Closing date 8 September
Educate Together: Chief Operating officer - Closing date 8 September
Crosscare: Youth Worker - Closing date 9 September
Inspire Ireland: Research Officer - Closing date 10 September
Children's Rights Alliance: Independent Evaluator - Closing date 23 September
Focus Ireland: Various Positions-Various closing dates
Barnardos: Various Positions- Various closing dates


Recent Publications

Children's Rights Alliance
Pre-Budget 2015 Submission to the Department of Social Protection

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Annual Report 2013
Mental Health Reform, Pre-Budget Submission
Start Strong, The Double Dividend: Childcare that's affordable and high quality
Amnesy International Ireland, Bringing ESC Rights Home:Ireland and the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
End Child Poverty Coalition, Budget Submission
Social Justice Ireland, Income Distribution and Poverty in Ireland
Living Wage Technical Group, Living Wage for Ireland
Irish Refugee Council, Counting the Cost: Barriers to Employment after Direct Provision
London School of Ecnomics and Political Education, EU Kids Online Final Report 


Court Services, 2013 Annual Report
Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Performance framework for the Child and Family Agency
Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Mother and Baby Homes
Department of Education, Early Start Policy Assessment
Emily Logan, Special Enquiry Report 2014
ESRI, Leaving School in Ireland
ESRI, Migrant Access to Social Security and Healthcare
Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, Progress Report July 2-14


Ombudsman for Children, 2013 Annual Report
Pobal, Annual Early Years Sector Survey
United Nations Secretary General, 2014 Annual Report on Children in Armed Conflict


Upcoming Events

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Dear Members 


Can you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone 01 2200200 to confirm attendance. Please see agenda below  


 Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Community Health Nursing


Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Ranelagh Dublin 6

Tuesday September 9th 2014



10.30am                 Registration Tea/Coffee


11.00-12.00pm               ICHN Interest Groups Workshop


12.00pm- 12.45                ICHN AGM (working lunch)


12.45 -   1.30pm                 ICHN Champions

                         Ainna Fawcett –Hensey, Former Chief of Nursing, WHO  


1.30 – 2.30pm Advanced Nurse Practitioners in Community

                       Denise Gillespie, ANP, Donegal

                       Neil Dunne, ANP, Dublin South City

                      Professor Laserina O'Connor, Professor of Clinical Nursing, UCD/SVUH/MMUH



2.30 pm-3.00pm      ICHN Community Nurse Awards

                  Dr. Siobhan O’ Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer, DOH.  



There is no fee for attending & light lunch will be served

New members welcome

Thank you 


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It is with some sadness but great appreciation, ICHN Council staff and members say 'thank you' to Catriona Barry who is leaving today to start her PHN training next week.She has made an enormous contribution to the many projects at ICHN. In the past year she has led on ICHN research project and the Dignity Intervention project. In all of her work with colleagues and  members she has been a wonderful ambassador for ICHN and Public Health Nursing with her knowledge and many skills. 

We wish her well and look forward to her continued involvement with ICHN. 



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Resource Guide for Community Nurses 

As part of the implementation of ICHN Research Strategy, a new  research resource has been added to ICHN web site for members. ICHN wish to thank Aoife Lawton  from HSE Library for updating this section. 

The guide has been developed for community nurses, including public health nurses working in the Irish health system.  Compiled by HSE Librarians this guide aims to give an introduction to information resources available to nurses both online and in paper format.  The intention is to assist community nurses with information to support their research and practice.  The guide covers literature including journals, ebooks, books, bibliographic databases and websites useful for any nurse looking for patient information or nursing research.

Please select from the bulleted list below the area of interest to you.
Where access is free, the term ‘open access’ is used.  Where access is restricted, ‘subscription required’ is used.  The HSE Regional Library at Dr. Steevens' Hospital holds a subscription to the former resources.  All nurses and midwives directly employed by the HSE may register for online access (an Athens account) by going to http://www.hselibrary.ie

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On behalf of ICHN Council staff & members we wish to say 'Thank you' to Leah Cawley  who has been on a internship placement as a Communication officer and leaves tomorrow . Comments like 'the blogs are great' can  be attributed to Leahs work. She has also done extensive work on both ICHN and the Global network  web site, rearraging and keeping them up to date. Most likely  the highlight of her time with us was meeting President Michael D  Higgins at our annual conference.

Leah we wish you well and thank you again for all your work at ICHN and the Global Network


Johanna Downey ICHN President, Council , Staff  & Members  

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Dear Members 

 Please note, that the closing date for ICHN awards 2014 is Thursday  July 31st 2014

Nomination form for ICHN Awards 2014

Kind regards 


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ICHN wish to remind members, the closing date for submission of nominees  for ICHN Annual Community Nurse awards is  July 31st  .The award is to recognise Nurses who provide exceptional care in the Community and demonstrate a commitment to promoting Public Health Nursing in the Community. There are 4 regional awards and one overall award. The applications will be assessed by a subcommittee of the ICHN Council. The awards will be presented by Dr. Siobhan O' Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health at ICHN AGM on Tuesday, September 9th . 


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ICHN Annual Community Nurse Awards 

ICHN are pleased to announce the Annual Community Nurse Award for ICHN member’s .The award is to recognise Nurses who provide exceptional care in the Community and demonstrate a commitment to promoting Public Health Nursing in the Community. There are 4 regional awards and one overall award. The applications will be assessed by a subcommittee of the ICHN Council. The awards will be presented by Dr. Siobhan O' Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer Department of Health. 




Mary O' Dowd, 

Director, Institute of Community Health Nursing,

Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland

T: 00 353-1 -2200200 

M: 00-353-(0)86-0266728 

S: maryodowdichn

W: www.ichn.ie

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The Government has embarked on a major reform programme for the health system, the aim of which is to deliver a single-tier health service, supported by Universal Health Insurance (UHI), where access is based on need and not simply on ability to pay.Further details 

On behalf of Members, ICHN have prepeared a Draft ICHN Submission to Consultation-on-the-White-Paper-on-UHI   

 Please send feefback & comments to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       by May 21st 

 Kind regards 




The closing date for submissions is close of business 28th May 2014 and will be strictly adhered to. All submissions received will be subject to the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 & 2003 and may be released in response to a Freedom of Information request.


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Bewley's Hotel Leopardstown are offering a special deal to all

delegates attending the ICHN Conference on the 21st May

                                          * €85 Bed, Breakfast & Car Parking per room per night single occupancy.

   *To make a booking, please contact our reservations department on

01 293 5000 and quote "Institute of community health nursing" to avail of the corporate rate.

Last Chance to avail of the Early Bird Special

   Early Bird Booking Fee up Until 21st March    
ICHN Members €50
ICHN Membership & Conference €75
Non Members Fee €65

Late Booking Fee (From 22nd March)             
ICHN Members  €75
Membership & Conference  €100
Non Members     €80

To book click here

For more information on the conference click here

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ICHN  have been invited to participate in this new group   and are seeking 2 PHN representatives with an interest in this topic. If interested or require additional information can you please contact me   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   asap. The group every 2 months in Dublin  

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.              Aims and Objects

The primary aims and objects of the Association are:

1.1          To protect the health of all babies, infants and young children in Ireland by providing them with safe and nutritious foodstuffs.

1.2          To monitor, and encourage others to monitor, the advertising, marketing and other promotional activities of the manufacturers and suppliers of breast milk substitutes and other foodstuffs aimed at babies, infants and young children and to challenge those activities which fail to comply with legal requirements and/or which fail to comply with agreed marketing standards and codes.

1.3          To bring to an end all marketing practices which could have an adverse effect onthe feeding of babies, infants and young children and/or which could threaten, the role of breastfeeding as the primary/biological normal feeding method and/or which could undermine the good health of babies, infants and young children.

1.4          To promote the right of a mother to breastfeed should she wish to do so

1.5          To promote the provision of objective, balanced, factual and relevant information about breastfeeding generally but particularly to expectant mothers and lactating mothers.

1.6          To require the competent authorities and other responsible organisations to provide all appropriate information, guidance, encouragement and support to enable mothers to breastfeed where they wish to and where they are able to do so.

1.7          To require the provision of all such information, guidance, encouragement and support to be based on the wishes and needs of the mother and subject to any medical or health-related advice.

1.8          To require that all such information, guidance, encouragement and support is not influenced by outside commercial pressures including from organisations that manufacture or sell breast milk substitutes and/or follow-on formulae. 

1.9          To make representations and/or submissions to governments, elected representatives, competent authorities, regulators, organisations, individuals and others on matters of professional, legal, practical, commercial or other concern to the Members of the Association;


1.10       To strengthen the commitment of the Irish government and non-governmental Irish organisations to comply with all relevant legal obligations, codes of practice, guidance, agreements and resolutions which relate to the promotion of breastfeeding and the marketing and advertising of breast milk substitutes. 

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Early Bird Booking Fee available until the 21st March 2014

ICHN Members €50

ICHN Membership & Conference €75

Non-members fee €65


Late Booking Fee

ICHN Members €75

Membership & Conference €100

Non-members €80


*To view conference programme click here

*To book please click here

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Early Bird Booking Fee up Until 21st March  
ICHN Members €50
ICHN Membership & Conference €75
Non Members Fee €65




Late Booking Fee (From 22nd March)           
ICHN Members €75
Membership & Conference €100
Non Members


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ICHN wish  members 'safe travel' as you deliver services in these severe weather  conditions

ICHN Council & Staff  

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Dear Members

 I understand some are having difficulty downloading document 

Hope this is more useful  link  GP Contract 



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Dear Members

ICHN will make a submission on new GP contract . Can you please send your comments on the draft to me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 13th. Can I draw your attention to 13.8 of draft  and what  the implications are  of this for PHN  core surveillance as per BHFC 1999/2005?    ICHN will seek to have this clarified .

To download click   GP draft contract

Mary O'Dowd  





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Minister for Health invites expressions of interest for the Healthy Ireland Council
Dynamic people sought to help make Ireland a healthier place

The Healthy Ireland Council will bring together key stakeholders and leaders from different sectors of Irish society to support the implementation of Healthy Ireland, Ireland’s framework for improving the health and wellbeing of our people.

Healthy Ireland: A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025 proposes a whole-of-government and whole-of-society response to improving the health and wellbeing of Irish people over the coming generation.  The establishment of the Healthy Ireland Council is the most significant action under Healthy Ireland to leverage engagement with whole-of-society.  The Council will provide the platform to connect and mobilise communities, families and individuals into a national movement with one aim: to support everyone to enjoy the best possible health and wellbeing.

“There are no specific qualifications that someone must have to be a member of the Healthy Ireland Council”, the Minister said, “but members should have a national profile and a track record of leading change”.

For further information click here

To apply for a position click here


Links to Other Interesting Articles on Palliative Care


'Palliative' or 'end of life'? Why it is important to say the right words

UN: WHO Boosts Hope on Pain Relief, Palliative Care

Strengthening of palliative care as a component of
integrated treatment within the continuum of care

First ever Global Atlas identifies unmet need for palliative care

What do the terms "palliative" and "end of life" care mean to you?


Upcoming Events

Introduction to Multilevel Modelling using MLwiN and STATA

17th Annual Stroke Day Study


33rd Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research & Education Conference 2014


Putting Children at the Centre of Family Law Reform

 The Children’s Rights Alliance Chief Executive, Tanya Ward said:
“This looks to be a modern bill that reflects the modern family. For far too long, children in Ireland have been discriminated against because of the type of family into which they have been born. For example, children in non-marital families have suffered because of situations where a step parent,  grandparent or

other family member has had no legal relationship with the child".

To read more click here: Putting-Children-at-the-Centre-of-Family-Law-Reform.docx


Launch of the new 'Tusla'  2014

The Child and Family Agency was established on 1st January 2014 and is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of child protection, early intervention and family support services ever undertaken in Ireland.

Tusla Newsletter, Issue 1, January 2014
The new Tusla Website


Ad inflated baby milk benefits: Commercial banned after suggesting calcium in formula helped improve child's development

A TV advert for Cow & Gate baby milk has been banned for exaggerating the product’s health benefits.

The commercial said that the powdered formula provides calcium for ‘strong bones’ and iron for ‘brain development’.

But pro-breast feeding campaigners said it suggested an added advantage, when nutrients added to the product only play a part in the ‘normal’ development of the bones and brain.

A ruling published by the Advertising Standards Authority today says  manufacturer Danone misrepresented the health effects.

The group Baby Milk Action, which brought the complaint, insists breast milk followed by a mixed diet is better for developing babies and said Danone is ‘ripping parents off’.                                              Sean Poulter, Daily Mail Online. 29th January 2014

To read more on this article click here


Information on ICHN Projects, Reports, Publications & Events

For more information on the aforementioned see below



ICHN Annual Conference 21st May 2014

ICHN will host  Annual conference on Wednesday May 21st in Milltown Park with official opening by ICHN patron President Michael D Higgins.

The conference theme is 'Community & Public Health Nursing Matters'  

Each DPHN/LHO area has been invited to host a Project stand for their area which will form part of  President Higgins visit



For further booking information click here

*Early bird rates are available*


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