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Along with workshops and plenary sessions the conference will include over 10 lectures and talks from global though leaders. Topics will cover excellence in primary care, technological advancements and new exciting developments in the Irish health service.

Minister Simon Harris

Minister for Health

Simon Harris is a TD for Wicklow & East Carlow, and Minister for Health.&...

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Minister Simon Harris

Minister Simon Harris

Minister for Health

Simon Harris is a TD for Wicklow & East Carlow, and Minister for Health. 

He is a native of County Wicklow and has been involved in the community all his life. 

Simon first became involved in politics through his work as a disability advocate and is committed to providing a strong voice on issues relating to special needs and mental health. Before entering politics, Simon established the Wicklow Triple A Alliance, a charity to support children and families affected by Autism. 

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in the 2011 General Election and was the youngest member of the 31st Dáil. During that Dail term, Simon served as a member of the Public Accounts Committee, Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Secretary of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party and Co-Convenor of the Oireachtas Cross Party Group on Mental Health, before being appointed in July 2014 as Minister of State in the Departments of Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform and the Department of the Taoiseach with Special Responsibility for OPW, Public Procurement & International Banking (including IFSC). 

Simon was re-elected as TD for Wicklow & East Carlow in the February 2016 General Election and subsequently appointed Minister for Health.

Prior to his election to Dáil Éireann, Simon was a member of both Wicklow County Council and Greystones Town Council, having been elected in the 2009 Local Elections with the highest percentage vote of any candidate in the country. He has also served his community as Chairperson of the County Wicklow Policing Committee, Chairperson of the Dublin-Mid Leinster Regional Health Forum, Board Member of Wicklow Tourism and Member of Wicklow Vocational Educational Committee.

Tony O'Brien

Director General, HSE

Tony O’ Brien has been Director General of the Health Service Executive...

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Tony O'Brien

Tony O'Brien

Director General, HSE

Tony O’ Brien has been Director General of the Health Service Executive (HSE) since July 2013, having served as Director General Designate/Acting CEO from August 2012. Tony was previously Chief Operating Officer of the Special Delivery Unit within the Department of Health and CEO of the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF).

He served as Chief Advisor to the HSE on the implementation of the National Cancer Control Strategy and was Project Director for the National Plan for Radiation Oncology and is a former Chairman of the National Cancer Screening Registry Board. He was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the  National Screening Service, Director of BreastCheck, and Associate and Interim Director of the National Cancer Control Programme.

Tony is adjunct associate Professor in Health Strategy and Management at Trinity College Dublin. He is also Vice President of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) and a Council Member of the Irish Management Institute (IMI).
 
Tony’s emphasis is on building a better health service and on the progressive dismantlement of the HSE.

John Hennessy

National Director Primary Care Services, HSE

John Hennessy is the HSE's National Director of Primary Care. John has 30 yea...

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John Hennessy

John Hennessy

National Director Primary Care Services, HSE

John Hennessy is the HSE's National Director of Primary Care.

John has 30 years of health service experience in senior management and frontline roles. He worked as Regional Director of Operations where he successfully led and managed health services across the nine counties of the West region. His focus is on ensuring that the service user is placed at the centre of the health services. This philosophy has ensured that John has concentrated on improving both the quality of services and access to those services. 

He played a lead role in the substantial reorganisation of health services in the West, including the Mid West hospital services and the Galway Roscommon hospital group. His constant priority throughout was on strengthening patient safety, reducing risk and improving outcomes for acutely ill patients.

John has also been involved in ongoing quality improvement initiatives in the health service including the preparation of services for accreditation and licensing and the registration of HSE long term residential services. He has successfully delivered Service Plans in the West area in challenging times and has overseen the implementation of efficiency measures to ensure the maximum use of allocated resources. This has led to reduced costs and improved productivity for the benefit of patients and clients.

John holds a degree in health management.

Dr. Nav Chana

Chairman, National Association of Primary Care (UK)

Dr Nav Chana is a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice where he has been ...

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Dr. Nav Chana

Dr. Nav Chana

Chairman, National Association of Primary Care (UK)

Dr Nav Chana is a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice where he has been a GP for 25 years.

As Chairman of the NAPC he has co-led the development of the 'primary care home' model which is one of the new care model programs endorsed by NHS England.

He has had a varied career in healthcare education. Most recently he is the Clinical Adviser for the workforce stream of NHS England's New Care Models Program and continues as an Adviser to Health Education England (South London). He was previously a Director of Education Quality (DEQ) for Health Education South London, and prior to that the Postgraduate Dean for General Practice and Community Based Education from 2010. 

Dr. Kevin Grumbach

Chair of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine

Dr. Kevin Grumbach, chair of Family and Community Medicine in the UCSF School...

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Dr. Kevin Grumbach

Dr. Kevin Grumbach

Chair of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine

Dr. Kevin Grumbach, chair of Family and Community Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine, cares for patients at the UCSF Family Medicine Center at Lakeshore. In addition to providing primary care, he's one of the nation's leading researchers and policy analysts in primary care and the health care workforce. He co-authored the best-selling textbook on health policy, "Understanding Health Policy - A Clinical Approach" and the book, "Improving Primary Care – Strategies and Tools for a Better Practice."

Dr. Grumbach is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and was a member of the health policy advisory committee for the Barack Obama presidential campaign. In February 2009, he was named California Campus Compact's recipient of the Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. He was recognised in part for his work on the Bayview-Hunters Point Health and Environmental Assessment Task Force in San Francisco.

Dr. Elizabeth Dean

Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Elizabeth Dean is a Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of...

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Dr. Elizabeth Dean

Dr. Elizabeth Dean

Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Canada

Dr. Elizabeth Dean is a Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada. Her academic and clinical careers and experiences have spanned the “corners of the globe” with invitations to over 35 countries. Because ‘lifestyle-related’ non-communicable diseases are pandemic globally, she and her international teams have published extensively on the ethical responsibility of all ‘health’ professionals to translate unequivocal knowledge supporting the benefits of healthy living for all patients by adopting minimal accreditable best practice standards of health protection and promotion competencies. 

Professor Walter Kmet

CEO of WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network

Walter Kmet has over 25 years experience in health care & human services ...

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Professor Walter Kmet

Professor Walter Kmet

CEO of WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network

Walter Kmet has over 25 years experience in health care & human services in Australia, South East Asia & the United Kingdom. His experience spans a variety of organisational situations in the private, not for profit, & public sectors. His current role is as CEO of WentWest, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network, a leader in Patient Centred Medical Home and Integrated Care developments in Australia. 

He has qualified for a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management from the University of Newcastle, a Master of Business and Technology from the University of NSW, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and he has an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor with Western Sydney University. 

He is a Board Member of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, a Member of the NSW Ambulance Advisory Council, Co Chair of the Western Sydney Partnership Advisory Council and Chair of the Western Sydney Aboriginal Health Collaborative.

Professor Maureen Baker, CBE DM FRCGP

Immediate Past Chair of Council, RCGP (UK)

Professor Baker was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners from ...

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Professor Maureen Baker, CBE DM FRCGP

Professor Maureen Baker, CBE DM FRCGP

Immediate Past Chair of Council, RCGP (UK)

Professor Baker was Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners from 2013-16. On becoming Chair, she launched a nationwide campaign Put Patients First; Back General Practice to properly restore the necessary funding for the service of general practice. This successful campaign led to the publication of the General Practice Forward View by NHS England pledging workforce and funding resources for general practice. She has previously held appointments with NHS Connecting for Health (now NHS Digital), the National Patient Safety Agency, NHS Direct and the University of Nottingham. Her work in patient safety includes establishing a formal clinical safety management system for NHS CfH, the development of safety standards for Health IT for the NHS in England and the development of e-learning modules on patient safety for doctors in training.  Professor Baker has a long history with RCGP and was Honorary Secretary (1999-2009) prior to being elected Chair of Council in November 2013. 

Claire Oatway

Chief Operating Officer - Beacon Medical Group (UK)

Claire manages Beacon Medical Group - a super-practice supporting 33,000 pati...

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Claire Oatway

Claire Oatway

Chief Operating Officer - Beacon Medical Group (UK)

Claire manages Beacon Medical Group - a super-practice supporting 33,000 patients in Plymouth and South Devon. Claire joined early in Beacon's development and in the last two years has helped the teams to redefine General Practice. Three good CQC inspections and patient feedback shows that the practice has gone from strength to strength.

Claire has weaved her deep understanding of strategic partnerships and systems leadership principles into her role with a major impact on this practice's approach to population management. Combined with clinical expertise and innovation, the team at Beacon have been heavily positively disruptive to the local health and care system.

As one of 15 rapid test sites for Primary Care Home, the new mini-MCPs, Beacon has transformed itself to be a sustainable practice that thrives on innovation.

Passionate, optimistic and candid - Claire's presentation will focus on what can be achieved when strategic foresight, a bucketful of energy and West Country hardiness combine.


Simon Robinson

Advanced Paramedic Practitioner - Beacon Medical Group (UK)

Simon Robinson is an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner working for Beacon Medic...

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Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson

Advanced Paramedic Practitioner - Beacon Medical Group (UK)

Simon Robinson is an Advanced Paramedic Practitioner working for Beacon Medical Group in Plymouth, England. He works as part of a multi-professional Urgent Care Team which comprises of advanced Paramedic and Nurse practitioners, clinical Pharmacists and General Practitioners. His roles include telephone and face to face consultations, urgent and primary care clinics, formulation of care plans, treatments and home visits. Simon is lead for Urgent care education and devlopment and lead for emergency care training. He also conducts research and undertakes project management tasks. Previous to Beacon, he was an Emergency Care Practitioner for South Western Ambulance Service and a lecturer Practitioner with Plymouth University teaching pre and post registered students from an array of backgrounds

Hal Wolf

Director and National Leader of Information and Digital Health Strategy, The Chartis Group

Harold (Hal) Wolf is a Director with The Chartis Group and National Leader fo...

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Hal Wolf

Hal Wolf

Director and National Leader of Information and Digital Health Strategy, The Chartis Group

Harold (Hal) Wolf is a Director with The Chartis Group and National Leader for its Information and Digital Health Strategy practice. With nearly 35 years of experience, Mr. Wolf is respected internationally as a healthcare and informatics executive. He leads the firm in supporting providers and healthcare organizations in the development of integrated information, digital health and precision medicine strategies.

A key architect in the development of content, research and user interface for video on demand and broadband, Mr. Wolf is a pioneer in consumer engagement. He has contributed his unique approach and insights to the birth of the digital health era, combining the traditional enterprise strategy with an end-to-end organizational view while keeping the patient as the central focus. Mr. Wolf’s areas of expertise include: integrated care models, mhealth, product development, marketing, distribution, information technology and innovation implementation. He has helped health systems and providers across the world with end-to-end operations, commissioning, data and architectural design. 

Before joining The Chartis Group, Mr. Wolf was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente’s Permanente Federation representing more than 16,000 physicians. There he was responsible for the development and implementation of critical care delivery strategies, data management and governance, population care management environments and the implementation of unique innovations and large scale programs that impacted end-to-end operations. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Mr. Wolf worked as Chief Information Officer for the E-Business, Corporate Systems and Wholesale division of Quest Communications/USWest. Previous endeavors include working internationally in the deployment of interactive television services in operations, content and business development; senior business management positions with Time Warner and MTV Networks; and Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Company and ADVI, LLC.

Mr. Wolf is the Vice-Chair Elect of Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) and a Board member of the International Care Delivery Alliance and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. He is a visiting professor for Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Instituttet at the University of South Denmark and for the Center for Innovative Medical Technology at the Odense University Hospital in Denmark. He also serves as a board member for the Patient@Home European Union initiative that develops new products for home care while supporting the end-to-end acute care continuum. 

Mr. Wolf holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor of Textile Management from North Carolina State University. During his more than 30 years of experience, he has served as an executive and senior adviser for McKinsey & Co, Kaiser Permanente, Qwest Communications, British Interactive Broadcasting, Time Warner and MTV Networks.

Dr. Peter Rumm

Head of Medical Projects at custo med GmbH, Ottobrunn, Germany

Peter is responsible for the medical development and scientific quality of th...

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Dr. Peter Rumm

Dr. Peter Rumm

Head of Medical Projects at custo med GmbH, Ottobrunn, Germany

Peter is responsible for the medical development and scientific quality of the custo diagnostic, the cardio-pulmonary platform of custo med. He acts as central contact point and coordinator for all medical and scientific related issues relevant for custo diagnostic software and all custo med medical devices.

Peter holds a PhD degree in Biology. He has proven expertise in the development of biosensors for the monitoring of vital parameters. Peter participated in several national and international R&D projects related to development of mobile Health Services, and Ambient Assisted Living Technology.

He worked in the field of Business Development Health at FutureCamp GmbH, Munich, where he developed remote health services. At Aipermon GmbH, a service provider for telehealth services and telehealth technologies, he was responsible for project development and business development in the field of telehealth. Since 2013 he his with custo med GmbH, where he additionally supports all activities in the field of the development of e-Health-Services.  

Dr. Michael Harty

Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

Qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin in 1977. Self-organise...

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Dr. Michael Harty

Dr. Michael Harty

Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

Qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin in 1977. Self-organised hospital training by 4 years in Dublin teaching hospitals. Entered General Practice in 1981, and started practice in Kilmihil, West Clare in 1984. A single-handed rural practice. Member of the ICGP, RCGP, IMO and NAGP. Council member of IMO 1989-1991. Chairman of Clare Faculty ICGP for 10 years till mid-2010. GP tutor in ICGP tutor network for 5 years. Tutor to UL GEMS medical school for 5 years. Elected to 32nd Dail in February 2016. Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee for Health. Member of the Future of Healthcare committee.

Niall Sinnott

IT Delivery Director for Primary Care, HSE

Niall Sinnott is a member of the Senior Management Team of the Office of the ...

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Niall Sinnott

Niall Sinnott

IT Delivery Director for Primary Care, HSE

Niall Sinnott is a member of the Senior Management Team of the Office of the CIO (OoCIO) and a member of the Senior Management Team of the Primary Care Division within the Health Service Executive (HSE) in Ireland.

In his current role as IT Delivery Director for Primary Care, Niall is responsible for the delivery of all HSE funded IT initiatives for Primary Care in Ireland. He is responsible for the relationship between the OoCIO and the Primary Care Division and for translating the strategic and operational objectives of the Primary Care Division into programmes and services that the OoCIO can deliver.

Over the past 18 months, Niall has driven the deployment eReferrals to all hospitals in Ireland and to all GPs nationally and for guiding our first tentative steps into the area of ePrescribing for Primary Care.

With 13 years experience in the Health Service, Niall has worked on the implementation of enterprise wide corporate systems, spent 5 years running the National IT Programme Office which has a portfolio of over 200 capital projects worth €55 million per annum. He has worked closely with the Irish College of GP’s and their GPIT Committee to promote development of practice management systems in Primary Care.

Prior to joining the Health Service Niall spent 20 years working in the Aerospace and Automotive industry. An engineer by profession, Niall has worked for multinationals in the UK, US and Germany. Niall has experience of working on large scale Manufacturing Systems, Supply Chain Management and ERP Systems. Niall is a certified PMI, APM and Prince2 practitioner and has delivered numerous high value complex projects as a Programme Manager and Commercial Director.

Stephen Mulligan

Enterprise Technology Consultant at Three

At Three they believe that Cloud Services, Mobility and Connectivity are the ...

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Stephen Mulligan

Stephen Mulligan

Enterprise Technology Consultant at Three

At Three they believe that Cloud Services, Mobility and Connectivity are the tools that businesses, large and small alike, need to grow and prosper. Stephen is a passionate technologist and communicator, and particularly loves to use technology to help businesses large and small realise the benefits of a changing marketplace. Stephen has 22 years of experience in ICT, having worked in a variety of roles in Software Development and Consultancy, Project Management, Sales and Technology Consultancy.


Olive O’Connor

Patient Advocate

Olive O’Connor has extensive first-hand experience in the issues that c...

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Olive O’Connor

Olive O’Connor

Patient Advocate

Olive O’Connor has extensive first-hand experience in the issues that can arise from manoeuvring within our health system, through being both a patient and carer to her family. Having undertaken extensive national research with patients, carers and an immense range of health providers to develop her innovative personal health record system, the MediStori, Olive practices public patient involvement in every aspect of her work - from design through to implementation. Olive is a qualified Self-Management Facilitator of Chronic Conditions through Stanford University; has upskilled through NALA on adult literacy; is an international Fellow of Canterbury University (ECPD) and a patient reviewer with the BMJ. She is currently completing a Fellowship in Quality Improvement & Patient Safety in Healthcare with ISQua and undertaking a degree in Community Leadership & Development. Working with many working groups in the public, private and educational system, Olive has a passion to drive, promote & educate all stakeholders on the importance of public patient involvement; proactive connected health and effective collaboration in health care environments, using eHealth as an enabler.

Dr. Emmet Kerin

President of the NAGP

Dr. Emmet Kerin is President of the National Association for General Practiti...

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Dr. Emmet Kerin

Dr. Emmet Kerin

President of the NAGP

Dr. Emmet Kerin is President of the National Association for General Practitioners, since 2016. Passionate about protecting the integrity of General Practice in Ireland, he is motivated by the NAGP movement to represent the interests of GPs and their patients, to shape the future of primary care and to ultimately improve patient outcomes. 

Dr. Kerin established Treaty Medical Centre in Limerick in 2012 in partnership with Dr. Jason McMahon. They have developed the practise from a zero GMS list to a polyclinic practice with General Practice at its core service. Dr. Kerin enjoys the wide range of sub-specialties General Practice offers with a special interest in; Dermatological surgery and procedural medicine; Sports medicine; Preventative medicine; Travel and expedition medicine, and Occupational Medicine.

Dr. Kerin is actively involved in Medical education working as a Lecturer in the Graduate entry Medical School, University of Limerick where he teaches clinical skills and small group problem based learning. As a Research Clinician, he is currently engaged in research on body composition study in healthy ageing through the Physical Education and Sport Science Department in the University of Limerick. He greatly enjoyed his own postgraduate education in the Australian healthcare system working in Emergency, Intensive care, and Rehabilitative Medicine. 

Dr. Ronan Fawsitt

Chair ICGP Kilkenny, Primary Care Lead IEHG

Dr Ronan Fawsitt (1980 UCD) is a full-time GP Partner in a large mixed urban/...

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Dr. Ronan Fawsitt

Dr. Ronan Fawsitt

Chair ICGP Kilkenny, Primary Care Lead IEHG

Dr Ronan Fawsitt (1980 UCD) is a full-time GP Partner in a large mixed urban/rural practice based in Kilkenny City. He is Chairman of the Kilkenny Faculty ICGP (Irish College of General Practitioners) and of the Carlow-Kilkenny ICGP-St Luke’s Hospital Liaison Committee (LC). He is Chair of the GP Advisory Group for IEHG (Ireland East Hospital Group) and serves as Primary Care Lead on the IEHG Executive Management Team (EMT). He is a member of the Chatham House Group. He is also a member of the MMUH Lean Strategic Board and is on the Board of Directors for Aiseiri/Aislinn.

His practice is affiliated with UCD and RCSI as a teaching practice.  

Dr Fawsitt has been active in the ICGP and local LC since 1990. The LC has developed over the years into an effective business interface between primary and secondary care. This connectivity of GPs and consultants has contributed to many local innovations that scaled nationally including the first Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU), Caredoc (the first GP out-of-hours Co-op), the first GP-Led Community Intervention Team (CIT), the Home Care Team for end of life domiciliary care for cancer, the GP Hospital Liaison Committee and the first Integrated Ambulatory Care Centre (IACC) in Ireland (2015).

Dr Fawsitt continues to be involved in the further integration of Primary and Secondary Care through the promotion of structured GP-Hospital Liaison in other areas.

Dr. Andrew Jordan

Chairman, NAGP

Dr. Andrew Jordan studied medicine at University College Dublin. He completed...

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Dr. Andrew Jordan

Dr. Andrew Jordan

Chairman, NAGP

Dr. Andrew Jordan studied medicine at University College Dublin. He completed his GP training in Dublin and set up his practice in Tallaght & Terenure in 1981. He was a founding members of the Association of Tallaght and Clondalkin GPs, which was an active organisation that campaigned for funding for services and facilities in the area at that time. He is a member of the Dublin South West Faculty of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP). He was the GP representative for the development of primary care teams in Tallaght following the introduction of the Primary Care Strategy in 2001. He is a member of the GP Liaison Committee at Tallaght Hospital over the past ten years and was a past board member of that hospital. He is involved in undergraduate teaching for both the RCSI & Trinity College Dublin. Dr Jordan is also involved in the GP intern programme linked to Tallaght Hospital.

Dr Jordan has been an active member of the Association of General Practitioners (AGP - now NAGP) since it was originally established in 1987 and is chairman of the organisation for the past three and half years.

Dr. Noel McCaffrey

Sports and Exercise Medicine Specialist and Lecturer in DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance

Noel McCaffrey is a sports and exercise medicine specialist and lecturer in D...

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Dr. Noel McCaffrey

Dr. Noel McCaffrey

Sports and Exercise Medicine Specialist and Lecturer in DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance

Noel McCaffrey is a sports and exercise medicine specialist and lecturer in DCU’s School of Health and Human Performance, where he is Chair of the BSc (Athletic Therapy and Training) degree programme and medical director of the MedEx programme which offers supervised exercise programmes to patients with diverse chronic illnesses. He has collborated with the Irish Cancer Society in developing the Move On and Living Life cancer rehabilitation programmes in MedEx. He is principal investigator of the ongoing HSE-funded evaluation of MedEx. In addition, he served on the steering committee of the DCU-based group that developed a National Exercise Referral Template on behalf of the HSE and on the steering committee of the GAA / HSE Healthy Club Project. He is a collaborator with surgical and anaesthesiology colleagues in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital on a project which will investigate the delivery and effectiveness of pre-surgical exercise programmes, called ‘Cancer Prepare’ in cancer patients awaiting surgery. Part of the pilot work has been carried out on prostate cancer patients.

Noel is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine. He is medical director of a sports injury clinic (ExWell Medical) in DCU and also runs a musculoskeletal injury clinic in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. 


Dr. Anna Clarke

Diabetes Ireland

Dr. Anna Clarke is Health Promotion and Research Manager with the Diabetes Fe...

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Dr. Anna Clarke

Dr. Anna Clarke

Diabetes Ireland

Dr. Anna Clarke is Health Promotion and Research Manager with the Diabetes Federation of Ireland. She has worked as a diabetes nurse specialist setting up the first private diabetes education service in Ireland. She has initiated projects to provide support for persons with diabetes and provide access to diabetes education at community level. The main initiatives are community orientated diabetes education programmes for professionals and people with diabetes, pharmacy based diabetes clinics, a diabetes module for accredited counsellors, and health promotion initiatives in schools, workplaces and community settings. She was part of the development team for the Galway University Health Promotion Module and is also currently an adjunct Lecturer in University College Dublin.  Her main focus is as an advocate for people with diabetes on the National Diabetes Working Group, National Paediatric Working Group and CAWT and through the media as a media spokesperson for Diabetes Ireland.

Chris Goodey

CEO, NAGP

Chris Goodey is CEO of the National Association of General Practitioner; In a...

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Chris Goodey

Chris Goodey

CEO, NAGP

Chris Goodey is CEO of the National Association of General Practitioner; In a career spanning 25 years he has developed specialist knowledge in healthcare and public affairs as well as media relations, healthcare policy, medical marketing, medical education, digital communications, event management and publishing. His experience within healthcare has provided him with a sound understanding of the complex and unique nature of this sector in Ireland.

Previous to his current position Chris created the largest healthcare publishing company in Ireland which later became the M and C Group.

He also has a particular interest in politics, health transformation and health technology.

Michael Harty

Chairman, Home Community Care Ireland (HCCI)

Michael Harty is a graduate of UCD and spent many years abroad involved in a ...

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Michael Harty

Michael Harty

Chairman, Home Community Care Ireland (HCCI)

Michael Harty is a graduate of UCD and spent many years abroad involved in a variety of businesses. Inspired by his own mother’s Lewy Bodies Dementia, he set up a home care firm in 2009 to provide quality non-medical care at home for people who through age or illness are finding it difficult to continue living independently.

Michael is Chairperson of Home and Community Care Ireland (HCCI), the national organisation representing private home care providers with the primary objective of promoting client choice and the highest professional standards of care in the home, in a cost effective manner. With 25 member organisations providing 78,000 hours of care every week to over 6,000 people in their own homes in every county in Ireland, the HCCI is playing an important role in the development of the home care sector – an integral part of the Government’s stated policy of developing the primary care sector.

Tadhg Daly

Chief Executive, Nursing Homes Ireland

Tadhg Daly is Chief Executive of Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI), the representat...

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Tadhg Daly

Tadhg Daly

Chief Executive, Nursing Homes Ireland

Tadhg Daly is Chief Executive of Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI), the representative organization for the private and voluntary nursing homes sector.

Tadhg was formerly CEO of the Irish Nursing Homes Organisation (INHO) and was one of the key figures that led to the establishment of Nursing Homes Ireland in January 2008.

Prior to joining INHO in 2005 Tadhg worked with the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in a number of senior management positions.

Tadhg has led the private and voluntary nursing home sector through 2 of its most significant changes: the development of the National Quality Standards and independent registration and inspection by the Health Information and Quality Authority and the commencement of the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal). NHI is a lead representative organisation within the Irish health sector and its Members play a key role in healthcare provision. Over 440 private and voluntary nursing homes deliver specialist healthcare to 22,000+ persons and account for 80% of all long term care beds in the country, employing more than 23,000 staff.

Nursing Homes Ireland is committed to providing leadership, supporting members and promoting excellence

Aiden Callaly

CEO of GP Online

Aiden has spent his career working with technology companies such as Oracle...

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Aiden Callaly

Aiden Callaly

CEO of GP Online

Aiden has spent his career working with technology companies such as Oracle, Siebel and Infor that  have been at the forefront of transformational change in different industries where traditional cost and service delivery models have required fresh thinking and the use of enabling technology to keep them competitive.

This experience and vision is now being applied to delivering the same benefits through better use of technology to the Primary Care Health space. Understanding the cost benefits and more importantly the use of technology in delivering better patient outcomes are Aidens passion and ensuring that this is available to everyone. 


Claire Donnelly

Physiotherapy Manager for HSE Services in Offaly

Claire Donnelly is a graduate of the School of Physiotherapy, Trinity College...

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Claire Donnelly

Claire Donnelly

Physiotherapy Manager for HSE Services in Offaly

Claire Donnelly is a graduate of the School of Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin. She worked for a number of years as a physiotherapist in the NHS in Wales, specialising in respiratory care. In the late 1990’s she spent three years as an APSO volunteer in Uganda before returning to work in Ireland in 2001. 

Claire is currently the Physiotherapy Manager for HSE Services in Offaly where she has responsibility for the physiotherapy services in the acute, disability and primary care settings. She is an active member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and has held a number of roles within the organisation, most recent of which is the co-chair of the Chartered Physiotherapists in Management. 

Claire holds post-graduate diplomas in physiotherapy and healthcare management and is currently studying for an MSc in Leadership.

Dr Siobhán O Connor

Vice President of Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI)

Dr Siobhán O Connor MSc. PhD ARTC, is the Vice President of Athletic R...

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Dr Siobhán O Connor

Dr Siobhán O Connor

Vice President of Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI)

Dr Siobhán O Connor MSc. PhD ARTC, is the Vice President of Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI) since its foundation in 2009 and is the current chair of the Ethics committee. She is a lecturer and final year clinical coordinator on the BSc. Athletic Therapy and Training programme in the School of Health and Human Performance in Dublin City University. Her research interests are of a multi-disciplinary applied clinical nature, focusing on epidemiology and identification of risk factors for injury that pave the way for the development of injury prevention strategies in under researched populations, particularly in adolescents, females and Gaelic games. She also has a research focus in the area of fundamental movement skills improvement in children and the therapeutic effects of latent dry needling. 

Dr. Chris O'Rourke

GP, Primary Care Surgical Association

Dr O’Rourke has been a family GP in Maynooth since 1979. He is current ...

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Dr. Chris O'Rourke

Dr. Chris O'Rourke

GP, Primary Care Surgical Association

Dr O’Rourke has been a family GP in Maynooth since 1979. He is current treasurer for the Primary Care Surgical Association which is a
cohort of GPs with an interest in minor surgical skills. He also has a keen interest in sports injuries and is a Fellow of the Royal College of
Sports Medicine faculty. He was the medical officer in Croke Park for 25 years providing medical care for sporting events.

Dr. Liam Glynn

GP and NUIG Lecturer

Dr Liam Glynn  is Senior Lecturer in General Practice in the College of ...

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Dr. Liam Glynn

Dr. Liam Glynn

GP and NUIG Lecturer

Dr Liam Glynn  is Senior Lecturer in General Practice in the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway and is also Adjunct Senior Clinical Lecturer, Graduate Medical School, University of Limerick. He was awarded his medical degree in 1995 from Trinity College, his M.Sc. degree in 2003 and his M.D. in 2007, both from National University of Ireland, Galway.   

He was appointed a HRB Cochrane fellow in 2007 and is lead author of Cochrane systematic reviews in hypertension as well as adherence to cardiovascular medication for BMJ Clinical Evidence. He has authored over 100 publications including 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, 4 book chapters (including 1 in medical education) with over 1300 citations, an i-10 index of 23 and a h-index of 15 including one of the most highly cited articles in the Journal Family Practice*(155 citations), highly cited medical education publications (highest = 98 citations) as well as several Cochrane publications (highest = 291 citations).  He has a total of 32 successful funding applications with a total value of € 2.1 million as Principle Investigator and  €5.7 million as Co-applicant/Collaborator. He is a GP principle in a rural practice in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare and is founding chairman of the North Clare Primary Care Team.

Dr. Shane Corr

GP, NAGP National Council

Dr. Shane Corr MRCGP MBA (UCD 1997) is a partner of Carrickmacross Group Prac...

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Dr. Shane Corr

Dr. Shane Corr

GP, NAGP National Council

Dr. Shane Corr MRCGP MBA (UCD 1997) is a partner of Carrickmacross Group Practice, Co. Monaghan. Dr. Corr's main interest is the business of Irish General Practice.

Enda Whyte

Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland

Enda is secretary of Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI) and sits ...

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Enda Whyte

Enda Whyte

Athletic and Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland

Enda is secretary of Athletic Rehabilitation Therapy Ireland (ARTI) and sits on the International Board of Certification Council (iBOC). He is also ARTI’s representative on the Mutual Recognition Agreement Working Group. He has been a member of the Primary Care Partnership Conference organising committee (2016, 2017), the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine Annual Scientific Conference in conjunction with ARTI (2014-2016) and the chairperson of the organising committee for the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy World conference (2014).

Enda is a lecturer on the BSc. in Athletic Therapy and Training in School of Health and Human Performance, DCU. Enda’s research interests include the epidemiology of musculoskeletal injuries in adolescents and young adults, the prevention of common musculoskeletal sporting injuries (e.g. hamstring and ACL injuries) and musculoskeletal health in people with chronic illnesses. He has published in a number of international journals and presented at a number of national and international conferences.   

Karen Canning

IPNA National Chairperson

Karen qualified as RGN from St Laurence's Hospital, Dublin in 1983 and as a R...

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Karen Canning

Karen Canning

IPNA National Chairperson

Karen qualified as RGN from St Laurence's Hospital, Dublin in 1983 and as a RM from the Rotunda in 1987, where she worked until 1999. She then joined her local GP practice as a research nurse/practice nurse. She is a longstanding member of the Irish Practice Nurses Association (IPNA), established the IPNA South Dublin branch in March 2013 and is currently the IPNA National Chairperson.

Karen graduated from NUIG with a PGDipHSc Clinical Primary Care (Hons) in 2010 and MHSc Primary Care in 2011.

She founded and manages a social media page for practice nurses, inaccessible to the public. This is a valuable resource for practice nurses to keep in touch, ask queries of colleagues, advertise upcoming courses, educational meetings and practice nurse positions.

As the mother of a severely disabled young man, has personal interest in the disability sector. She has campaigned at local and national level for many years for improved legal rights, proper services and funding for those with disabilities. In 2002 she contested the General Election as an independent candidate promoting health and disability issues.

She is an elected member of the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Máiréad Aherne

Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute

Máiréad Aherne graduated with a BSc Hons Human Nutrition & ...

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Máiréad Aherne

Máiréad Aherne

Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute

Máiréad Aherne graduated with a BSc Hons Human Nutrition & Dietetics from DIT, Kevin St / Trinity College, Dublin in 1999. She worked with Roche Pharmaceuticals as weight management dietitian and team manager for 7 years. She then held varied roles such as senior community dietitian in HSE Midlands, paediatric dietitian in Temple Street University hospital where she had a clinical remit and also carried out qualitative research into the area of paediatric home enteral nutrition and supports available. Following this Mairead became Community Dietitian Manager in Dublin North and most recently has taken up the post of Community Dietitian Manager in Primary Care, Dublin South West/Kildare West Wicklow (September 2015).  

Mairead has always been an active member of the Irish Nutrition and Dietetics Institute and was instrumental in setting up its Weight Management Interest Group. She currently holds the position of joint chair of the Dietitians in Management group of the INDI and sits on the Institutes Senior Management Team. Mairead completed the INDI & Abbott Certificate in Management & Leadership in 2014. 

Mark O'Connor

Public Sector Manager, Three Ireland

Mark is an experienced Senior Manager with 18 Years of strategic sales/market...

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Mark O'Connor

Mark O'Connor

Public Sector Manager, Three Ireland

Mark is an experienced Senior Manager with 18 Years of strategic sales/marketing, account management and project management experience in ICT consultative solution selling with large Public Sector agencies.

He is positive, goal orientated and he values education and continuous development. Mark is passionate about developing people and systems to drive results. His team in Three are account-focused and responsible for managing Three’s technology relationship with the CIO/CTO and their respective teams, with a primary focus on Public Sector, Healthcare and Education verticals.

Mark is currently the Chairman of Raheny GAA and the club fields in excess of 50 teams, all managed and coached by local volunteers. He has a keen interest in golf and soccer and while he continues to work on his golf swing, it is a work in progress.

Mary Moore

Musculoskeletal Podiatrist

Graduated from Queens University Belfast, with Hons degree (BMedSc) Podiatry ...

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Mary Moore

Mary Moore

Musculoskeletal Podiatrist

Graduated from Queens University Belfast, with Hons degree (BMedSc) Podiatry 1998.

Worked as a Diabetic Podiatrist for St James hospital Dublin, Diabetic day centre. This experience fostered her awareness for early detection of the high-risk foot and the need to provide high quality footcare in the community.

To that end she founded and is the director of Mary Moore Podiatry, based in North Dublin since 2000 and expanded to Donnybrook, South Dublin in 2011 with a vision to provide premier standards of footcare and orthotic therapy.

Achieved an MSc in clinical Podiatric Biomechanics from Staffordshire university, Stoke on Trent 2010 and has specialist interest in the field of lower limb Biomechanics and Sports Podiatry.

Current Clinical director for Fit Feet, Healthy Athlete programme Special Olympics Ireland since the World Games 2003.

Former serving council member of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists of Ireland.

Vanda Cummins

HSE Primary Care Physiotherapist

Vanda Cummins is a HSE Primary Care Physiotherapist working for the last 10 y...

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Vanda Cummins

Vanda Cummins

HSE Primary Care Physiotherapist

Vanda Cummins is a HSE Primary Care Physiotherapist working for the last 10 years in a socio-economic disadvantaged area of Dublin. Recognising the challenges of engaging people with sedentary behaviours, she has built up working relationships with local County Council Sports and Recreation Services and community groups to provide specialist physical activity (PA) groups to increase and sustain PA levels among adults. More specifically those with persistent low back pain, multi-morbidities and older adults at risk of falls. As a clinician she has taken part in a multi site RCT on exercise programmes and self management. Vanda graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Bsc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1994, and prior to working in primary care she has worked in rehabilitation settings in Ireland, the UK and USA. 

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