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.

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.

Antoinette Doocey

MBA, BA Hons, H Dip PHN (Distinction), H Dip Psychology, R Midwife, RGN. Antoinette enjoyed thirty years’ service across the Irish Healthcare delivery system prior to becoming an independent Management Consultant in 2011. She held senior management positions in the former NEHB, the HSE and Department of Health as a Senior Policy Advisor.

Joseph Giovannoni

Doctor of Nursing Practice, a Watson Caring Science Scholar, and Caritas Coach.  He is an Advanced Practice Nurse with prescriptive authority, AASECT Board Certified Sex Therapist and clinical member of Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Margaret Graham

A qualified nurse and midwife, a graduate of UCD (BNS), Trinity College (MSc) and University of Bedfordshire (PhD). Margaret is lecturer at the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick.

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

Ann Hickey

Assistant Director of Nursing with 28 years’ experience, 18 of which have been at management level, with 13 of these at ADON level. Currently working as Head of the End of Life Care Services in Tallaght University Hospital.

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.

John Lonergan

John served in the Irish Prison Service for over 42 years. He was Governor of Mountjoy Prison for over 22 years and Governor of the top security prison at Portlaoise for almost 4 years. He retired in June 2010 and later that year his autobiography “The Governor” was published.

Wilf McSherry

Wilf is Professor in Nursing in a joint appointment between Department of Nursing, School of Health and Social Care, Staffordshire University and the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and part-time Professor at VID University College, Bergen, Norway.

Hanno Niemeijer

Dr. Hanno Niemeijer from the Netherlands is an experienced Health Services CEO and Board Chairman in the disciplines of Psychiatry, Addiction, Intellectual Disabilities and Palliative Care.

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.

Anabel Pelham

Anabel Pelham, Ph.D. is president of the National Association of Professional Gerontologists (NAPG) and emeritus professor and founding director of the Gerontology Program at San Francisco State University. She is Executive Director, Center for Age Friendly Excellence.

Mary Prendergast

Ms Mary Prendergast MBA, MSc in European Gerontology, Director of Nursing,former member of ISQSH since 1996 and ISQSH Council since 2004. Mary is also a member of the community of practice researching and developing the patient participation agenda since 2005 and on Integrated Community Technologies since 2007.

Sue Saunders

Sue Saunders, M.Sc. M.A. HG Dip P. FHGI,  Sue is a Human Givens Practitioner, Supervisor and a Fellow of the Human Givens Institute. She is also a senior tutor with the Human Givens College and Chair of the Registration and Professional Standards Committee of the Human Givens Institute.

Stephen Smith

Stephen is a general and mental health nurse, Researcher, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Manager. Stephen completed a Bsc in Nursing Studies at Queen Margaret University in 1997, a Masters Degree in Cancer Nursing at the University of Glasgow in 2000 and a PhD at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2009.

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.

Robin Youngson

Dr Robin Youngson is an anaesthetic specialist in New Zealand, internationally renowned for his work on compassion in healthcare. A founding member of the national Quality Improvement Committee in New Zealand, Robin was the NZ representative on the WHO International Steering Committee for Patient Safety Solutions.