Safety notice – Medtronic MiniMed 600 and 700 series insulin pumps

The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HRPA) has published a Safety Notice to raise awareness of a potential issue affecting the battery cap of all Medtronic MiniMed 600 and 700 series insulin pumps. The metal contact points of the battery cap may become loose or fall off, resulting in an incomplete battery connection and no power […]

Have your say on the regulation of Home Support/Personal Assistance Services!

The closing submission date for the Department of Health’s Public Consultation on Draft Regulations for Providers of Home Support Services has been extended to 5pm on Thursday 4 August 2022. You can complete the survey here and also find a copy of the regulations in accessible formats. If you’d like further information, email

Change to how Paxlovid is used in Ireland

Paxlovid™ is an oral medication used to treat COVID-19. It can be used to treat people who are at highest risk and should be taken in the first 5 days of illness. Due to the current high levels of COVID-19, the HSE has changed its guidelines meaning that more people can be considered for treatment […]

Survey on pregnancy, family planning and rare conditions

Would you like to take part in a survey on challenges and good practice related to pregnancy, family planning and rare conditions? The European Reference Networks’ (ERN) Study Group on Pregnancy and Family Planning in rare, low prevalence and complex conditions has published a survey that aims to collect evidence on the management of pregnancy […]

Building the Future careers event on 31 August

GetAHEAD are delighted to bring you their free annual careers event for students and graduates with disabilities, Building the Future, on Wednesday 31 August. For the first time ever, Building the Future will be a hybrid event, which means you can choose to attend the event in person or online. The programme includes mock interviews, […]

Appelgreen partners with FuelService to make fuel stations more accessible

Filling up the car is one of the biggest challenges that disabled drivers experience. Did you know that Applegreen has partnered with FuelService to make fuel stations more accessible? Through FuelService, drivers can now contact Applegreen stations ahead of their arrival and see if they are able to assist them at the pump. Once they […]

Scholarships in end of life and bereavement care

Irish Hospice Foundation are offering four postgraduate scholarships to people working or volunteering in end of life or bereavement care for the 2022/2023 academic year. You can find information about eligibility criteria, conditions, and further details here. The closing date for applications is 10 August 2022.    

1. Muscular Dystrophies

  • Becker muscular dystrophy
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Manifesting carrier of Duchenne
  • Congenital muscular dystrophy
  •     •  General
  •     •  MDC1A (merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy)
  •     •  Rigid spine syndrome (RSS)
  •     •  Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophies
  •     •  Bethlem myopathy
  • Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy
  • Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy
  • Limb-girdle types of muscular dystrophy (LGMD)
  •     •  General
  •     •  LGMD 1B (also known as Laminopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 1C (also known as Caveolinopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 2A (also known as Calpainopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 2B (also known as Dysferlinopathy)
  •     •  LGMD 2I
  • Ocular myopathies including ocularopharangeal muscular dystrophy

2. Myotonic Disorders

  • Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy
  • Myotonia
  • Myotonic Dystrophy

3. Congenital Myopathies

  • Central Core Myopathy
  • Congenital Fibre-type Disproportion Myopathy
  • Minicore (Multicore) myopathy
  • Myotubular or Centronuclear myopathy
  • Nemaline myopathy

4. Mitochondrial Myopathies

  • Mitochondrial Myopathies

5. Metabolic Disorders

  • Metabolic disorders (general)
  • McArdle’s Disease
  • Pompe’s Disease

6. Periodic Paralyses

  • Periodic Paralyses

7. Autoimmune Myositis

  • Polymyositis, Dermatomyositis and Sarcoid myopathy
  • Juvenile dermatomyositis
  • Inclusion body myositis

8. Spinal Muscular Atrophies

  • Severe (Type I)
  • Intermediate (Type II)
  • Mild (Type III)
  • Adult spinal muscular atrophy

9. Hereditary Motor and Sensory Neuropathies

  • (Also known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth or Peroneal muscular atrophy)

10. Disorders of the Neuromuscular Junction

  • Congenital myasthenic syndromes
  • Myasthenia Gravis

11. Friedreich’s Ataxia

  • Friedreich’s Ataxia

12. Other (Please Specify)

13. Unspecified