Conference Contributors

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Michael Brophy

BL, Chairperson of the HSE National Patient & Service User Forum, Healthcare Values Education Facilitator, Hearts in Healthcare. Former Senior Investigator with the Office of the Ombudsman.

Dr Christina Donnellan

Consultant Physician in Geriatrics & General Medicine at HSE, South Tipperary General Hospital. A Graduate of National University of Ireland, Galway, Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine in the University of Liverpool in 1998.

Martin Dunne

Psychotherapist BA (Hon) MA in Psychotherapy, HG,Dip, MGHI, Human Givens Therapy. Specialist areas include: addiction (all kinds), anger problems, anxiety and stress, depression, phobias, poor sleep, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ann Hickey

MBA, RGN, ENB in Emergency Nursing, Higher Diploma in Quality and Risk UCD, Diploma in Quality Management - Lean Healthcare Systems, Limerick University

Sarah H Kagan

PhD, RN; The Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Living Well Program at the Joan Karnell Supportive Care Program for the Abramson Cancer Center, Pennsylvania Hospital.

Chrissie & Richard

Chrissie McGinn (M.A., Certificate in Transpersonal Psychotherapy) & Richard Hewitt (BSc Hons, PGCE, DMS); Chartered Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Wisborough Transformation

James O'Shea

MA, Hdip, HGdip, BSc Hons, Prof Cert Mindfulness Teaching (MBSR/MBCT), Prof Cert (Addiction Counselling) RPN, RGN. James is currently Director of Nurse Education (Mental Health), National Lead for Mental Health Nurse Education.


Professor Sheila Payne

BA(Hons), RN, Dip.N, PhD, C.Psychol, Emeritus Professor in Palliative Care, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster University, United Kingdom


Phil Prendergast,

RGN, RM, former Councillor, Senator, & MEP. Former Irish Labour Party politician, former MEP, Leader of the Labour Party in the Seanad in 2011 and former Senator for the Labour Party.

Dr. Patrick Ryan

Clinical Psychologist, BA (Hons.), D.Clin.Psych., Reg.PsSI, Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at University of Limerick, Graduate of The Queens University of Belfast.

Professor Dana Walrath

PhD in Anthropology, MFA in Writing, BA in Visual Arts & Biology, Writer, Artist & Anthropologist. Her graphic memoir, Aliceheimer’s is about life with her mother, Alice, before and during dementia. Dana is passionate about the power of art for social change.