IRISH PALLIATIVE MEDICINE CONSULTANTS ASSOCIATION

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Welcome to the Irish Palliative Medicine Consultant’s Association.

The Irish Palliative Medicine Consultant’s Association (IPMCA) is the official association for consultants in palliative medicine in the Republic of Ireland.

The aims of the Association are to:
• Promote the appropriate development of specialist palliative care services in the Republic of Ireland and to provide medical leadership to these services;
• Promote medical education and research appropriate to palliative medicine;
• Act as the formal representative body for consultants in palliative medicine in the Republic of Ireland;
• Provide a supportive and advisory forum for new and existing consultants in palliative medicine in the Republic of Ireland.


Officers of the IPMCA for 2013 - 2014:

Chairperson: Dr Brian Creedon.

Vice-Chairperson: Dr Feargal Twomey

Secretary/Treasurer: Dr Lucy Balding

Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. (WHO 2012)

Palliative care:
• Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms;
• Affirms life and regards dying as a normal process;
• Intends neither to hasten or postpone death;
• Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care;
• Offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death;
• Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients illness and in their own bereavement;
• Uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereave¬ment counselling, if indicated;
• Will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of illness;
• Is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intend¬ed to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investiga-tions needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.

Useful Links

The Irish Association for Palliative Care: www.iapc.ie

The All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care: www.aiihpc.org

The HSE National Clinical Programme for Palliative care: www.hse.ie

The European Association for Palliative Care: www.eapcnet.eu

The Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland: www.apmonline.org

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