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There are 274,000 Family Carers in Ireland, estimated to provide between €2.5 - €4 billion worth of care to family members with disabilities, mental health concerns and long-term health conditions. Family Carers come from all walks of life, and the issues Family Carers face cut across gender, age, disability and economic status.
 
Care Alliance Ireland was established in 1995 to act as an umbrella organisation for organisations who support family carers directly. In the course of those 20 years, there have been significant policy developments for Family Carers, most notably and recently with the publication of the National Carers Strategy in 2012. Primary research in this area is currently being undertaken in Ireland across a range of disciplines and third level Institutions.

The time is right to bring together all this research and share with a wide audience of interested parties. A review of historical research is also timely.

You are invited to submit an abstract for the upcoming conference “20 Years of Family Carer Research in Ireland”, which will take place on the 20th November 2015 in Dublin. Care Alliance Ireland encourages presentations which are retrospective in nature, to take account
of the conference theme, in addition to current and recent projects. They also
encourage student presentations.

To find out more about the conference and the call for papers please click here.

n addition, three of the presentations made at the Alliance's recent 20 year celebrations can be downloaded here, namely;

  • The Value of Federations and Alliances -  Diarmaid O'Corrbui, CEO The Carmichael Centre
  • Care Alliance Ireland Milestones - Liam O'Sullivan, Executive Director, Care Alliance Ireland
  • InformCare  - Online Information portal for Carers of Older People - Zoe Hughes, Policy and Research Officer, Care Alliance Ireland

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