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Iontaobhas Apnoea Codlata na hÉireann

The Irish Sleep Apnoea Trust promotes awareness, understanding and treatment of Sleep Apnoea through education, research and fund raising.

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The Irish Sleep Apnoea Trust (ISAT) Old Original ISAT Logois a non-political, non-profit making Voluntary Patient Support Group for sufferers (and their families) of Sleep Apnoea.

The ethos and management style of the Irish Sleep Apnoea Trust is one of transparency in its decision making process coupled with a commitment to serve and deliver benefits to the members. Effective communication is a cornerstone of this style.

To ensure delivery of these and our principal aims, our Committee is elected annually and is governed by membership approved Rules, and Accounting and Administrative Procedures and Controls. This is in addition to the normal regulations governing corporate bodies.

Regular contact is also maintained through our newsletter and email updates.  Our web site is used as an information, awareness and communication portal for our members and the general public. It also acts as an important communications portal for interaction with other groups, feedback and membership surveys and general discussion.

A Management Committee, comprising the Honorary Officers (Chairman, Vice Chairman, Company Secretary, and Honorary Treasurer) and a representative from our Medical Council deal with the day to day running of the Trust.

 

Establishment of ISAT

ISAT was established in May 2000 following an initial exploratory meeting of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS), at St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin 4.  The initial specific aims of the Trust were to support patients with OSAS and their families, to promote improved facilities for the investigation and management of this disorder, and to support medical research.  A steering committee initially worked over the lead 9 months to develop a detailed set of rules and regulations in addition to articles of association.  Almost 200 patients with OSAS signed up to attend the inaugural Annual General Meeting.  The First annual meeting of the Irish Sleep Apnoea Trust (ISAT), in Irish, "Iontaobhas Apnoea Codlata na hÉireann" was held at St. Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4 on Saturday 3rd March 2001.  Delegates were asked to and approved the rules and regulations and articles of association. A formal committee structure was established for the Trust.  It was envisaged that, as interest grew, regional branches of ISAT would be established throughout the country. 
 
The Respiratory Sleep Disorders Unit at St. Vincent's University Hospital was established in 1985 and provides a national referral service for the investigation and treatment of patients with OSAS. Treatment with nasal CPAP is highly effective and can transform the lives of affected patients.

 

The Aims of the Irish Sleep Apnoea Trust

 

Achieving the Aims of the Irish Sleep Apnoea Trust

It is not possible to place a time constraint on the aims of our group, mainly because situations change, particularly in the medical field.  The nub of our aims is to deliver both tangible benefits and relevant information to our members, to improve facilities and resources (within Ireland) for the diagnosis and treatment of Sleep Apnoea and to assist in or fund research into the disorder.

To achieve this ISAT will:

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In partnership with the Department of Health and Children/Health Service Executive

Provide support to medical, nursing and treatment services

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Develop an effective lobbying body

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Officers:

Chairman/Webmaster: Arthur O'Hara

Vice Chairman: Jim Whelan

Treasurer: Aileen Kavanagh

Assistant Treasurer: Laurence Woods

Honorary Secretary General: Dan Smyth

Chairman of Medical Council: Prof. Walter McNicholas

 

 

  Note:
 
  With the formation of The Irish Sleep Society, a group representing all the medical and technical professionals involved in Sleep Medicine and Respiratory Sleep Medicine we believe that our Medical Council will become defunct. The Irish Sleep Apnoea Trust is in regular contact with the Steering Committee of The Irish Sleep Society and will develop formal links with it.