What’s happening in the IOS
The Irish Osteoporosis Society has had a busy couple of months recently. In January, the team from Patvocates, a European patient advocacy group, visited the office. They gave us an insight into their work and activities. They also offered IOS staff education and training in patient advocacy. We are certain that this will benefit the society in the future.
Also in January, Ms. Sinéad Tobin’s video entry to help promote early detection of bone loss, came third in the International Osteoporosis Foundation world competition. Thank you to Sinéad and her daughter and to everyone who voted to support this video. To see Sinead’s video click HERE.
The IOS has produced several videos on the subject of osteoporosis. These included men and osteoporosis featuring actor Tom Hickey. To see Tom’s video click HERE
In February, Michele O’Brien, CEO with the IOS, delivered two lectures to Healthcare professionals. The first was in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown and the second in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Co. Donegal. These lectures promoted bone health to healthcare professionals. This will then help the patients in their care. The lectures were well attended and feedback was excellent.
In April, Michele attended St. Vincent’s Hospital Health Fair. This is an opportunity for employees and healthcare professionals to connect with the IOS. The event helped to raise awareness about the risk factors for bone loss. We estimate around 190 individuals visited the IOS stand.
Also in April, Professor Moira O’Brien and Michele O’Brien represented the IOS at the 2019 World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Paris. Over a three day period, the event was attended by academic researchers, clinicians and healthcare professionals from around the world. There were many interesting lectures and sessions on the various subjects. Attending an event like this is an important way for the IOS to keep up to date with international research into Osteoporosis. It also keeps us aware of new treatments on the horizon for bone loss.
Women’s Mini Marathon, June 2, 2019
Are you or a friend thinking of taking part in this year’s VHI Women’s Mini Marathon? Have you chosen your charity? We would really appreciate if you thought of the IOS. Please contact us and we can post you out our sponsorship card.
New Revised Hours for the National Osteoporosis Helpline.
The new hours are as follows:
Monday 10am to 12.30pm
Tuesday 2pm to 4pm
Wednesday 10am to 12.30pm
Thursday 10am to 12.30pm
Friday: Helpline closed.
We are closed on Fridays to allow for administration work associated with the helpline and the running of the Charity to be completed.