Rheum for Health

This one day conference will incorporate key opinion leaders focusing on the areas of diet (Prof Donal O’Shea – The Power of Fat), exercise (Dr Louise Larkin – Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis) and work (Ms Yvonne Codd – Addressing Employment Participation in Inflammatory Arthritis) (Ms Grainne O’Leary – Facing Arthritis Together) as well as three patient case study presentations by members of the multidisciplinary team from Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services and the patient offering their personal experience.

With an interactive, case-based format there will be an opportunity for insightful audience participation and the building of enhanced awareness into patient care.

Conference Programme


Prof. Donal O’Shea
Prof. O’Shea is a consultant endocrinologist and physician based in St Vincent’s University Hospital and St Columcille’s Hospital.  He is the principle investigator in a research group that currently focuses on the study of the health consequences of obesity. Dr O’Shea qualified from University College Dublin in 1989. He moved to Hammersmith Hospital in London and worked as a Registrar in General Medicine, Cardiology and Endocrinology before being appointed as Senior Registrar in the Department of Diabetes & Endocrinology. In 1996, he was appointed to the post of Consultant Physician/Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Charing Cross Hospital, UK. In 1999, he moved to his current position in St Vincent’s University Hospital.

Dr. Louise Larkin
Dr. Larkin completed her MSc (Research and Thesis) and PhD at the Department of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick in the area of physical activity and behaviour change in inflammatory arthritis. Dr. Larkin’s primary research interests are in the fields of physical activity and behaviour change in the primary care setting.  She has clinical experience in both the public and private sectors in Ireland, having worked in the areas of musculoskeletal, neurology, rheumatology and gerontology.

Ms Grainne O’Leary
Gráinne O’Leary is Acting CEO and Head of Services in Arthritis Ireland.  Over the past 13 years she has developed, lead and implemented an ambitious services programme for people living with arthritis and supporting infrastructure for service delivery, including the Stanford University Self-Management Programme to over 5,000 people.  She has actively participated in the growth of the organisation and the ongoing development and implementation of its long- term strategy.  Gráinne has built, motivated and managed teams of staff and volunteers to deliver on the strategic goals, objectives and targets of the services.  She is a Stanford University accredited Master Trainer in the Chronic Disease and Arthritis Self-Management Programmes.

Ms. Yvonne Codd
Ms. Codd is a senior occupational therapist in rheumatology at Naas General Hospital and a PhD researcher with Trinity College Dublin. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, holding a BSc. and an MSc. in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in Primary Care Paediatric OT and School Support Team roles as well as in Primary Care (adult services). Her research interests include inflammatory arthritis, supporting engagement and participation in employment, social and community roles.

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Continuing Professional Development / Accreditation

  • Nurses: Being sought from Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
  • Doctors: Being sought from Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI).
  • Health and Social Care Professionals: As per relevant body.
  • Certificates stating hours of learning will be issued after the event.

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Videos (Talks & Conferences)

Rheumatology & Gerontology Conference 2020 – Healthy Ageing for Bones,Bodies and Minds: Presentations are available on YouTube.

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services presented our inaugural Rheumatology & Gerontology Conference on Wednesday 12 February 2020.

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Healthy Ageing for Bones, Bodies and Minds’. It provided an ideal opportunity for critical debate regarding challenges relating to advancing practice in rheumatology and gerontology.

We were honoured to have a number of speakers inlcluding:

  • Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Professor of Medical Gerontology and Head of the academic Discipline of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College, Dublin and Director of the Falls and Blackout Unit and of the new Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing, at St. James’ Hospital, Dublin.
  • Professor Kevin Malone, Consultant Psychiatrist in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin and Professor of Psychiatry & Mental Health at University College Dublin.

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25th Annual Moving Points in Palliative Care Conference – Presentations are available on YouTube.

In March 2019, over a hundred participants signed up for our 25th Annual Moving Points in Palliative Care Conference.  The theme this year was “Changing Dynamics in Specialist Palliative Care – Looking Back and Moving Forward”, provided an ideal opportunity for critical debate regarding challenges relating to advancing practice in specialist palliative care setting.

We were honoured to have a number renowned international speakers who presented on the day:

  • Professor Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Life Care for NHS. Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Sir Michael Sobell House, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Associate Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Studies at University of Oxford.
  • Mr Asim Sheikh, Assistant Professor UCD School of Medicine, BA, LLM, Barrister-at-Law specialising in clinical negligence and all aspects of medical / healthcare law.
  • Professor Philip Larkin, Professor of Palliative Care, Academic Director, Institute for Training and Research, The University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • Dr Michael Lucey, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Milford Care Centre
  • Professor Sonja McIlfatrick, Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Faculty of Life & Health Sciences, Ulster University.

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24th Annual Moving Points in Palliative Care Conference – Four talks are available on YouTube.

In March 2018, over a hundred participants signed up for our 24th Annual Moving Points in Palliative Care Conference.  The theme this year was on building resilience. Through the expert hands of Dr. Michael Kearney and Dr. Radhule Weininger, conference participants had a unique experience to explore the nurturing triad of mindfulness, self-compassion and nature connection.

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Rheum for Health ~ Multidisciplinary Bi-Annual Conference on Healthy Living with Arthritis- Three talks are available on YouTube.

Copyright: University College Dublin Press

The first ever ‘Rheum for Health Conference’ was held in the Education & Research Centre in December 2017. The conference was opened with an inspiring and thought provoking presentation on ‘The Power of Fat’ by the renowned Professor Donal O’Shea, HSE Clinical Lead for Obesity.

A key objective of the conference was to capture the multidisciplinary team approach to caring for patients with chronic illnesses.

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23rd Moving Points in Palliative Care Conference 2017 – Selfcare & Compassion in HealthCare

With expert international speakers, this exciting one day conference will explore the increasingly recognised area of self-care and compassion in healthcare. Speakers will focus on individual needs and how organisations can support them. It will highlight the importance of reflection and resilience and enable participants to develop vital skills in this important area. We are delighted to welcome Dr Michael Kearney, the internationally renowned palliative care expert, speaker and author who will provide the morning session. In the afternoon we are honoured to have Professor Philip Larkin, of UCD and President of the European Association for Palliative Care speaking on compassion, a subject on which he has researched and written extensively.

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Grand Rounds

Palliative Medicine Grand Rounds is a weekly postgraduate physician education meeting. It is held on Friday at 8am in the Lecture Theatre of the Education & Research Centre.

The weekly sessions are open to all staff with specific emphasis on postgraduate physicians, medical staff, and nurses. Professionals from other healthcare disciplines are welcome to attend; this does not include members of the general public.

Each week the talk is streamed to off site locations (currently Blackrock, Wicklow Palliative Team and Milford Care Centre). To gain access to Grand Rounds streaming, please contact ncodd@olh.ie

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Prof Donal O’Shea – The Power of Fat
From the Rheum for Health conference on Dec 5 – 2017.

Grainne O’Leary – Facing Arthritis Together
From the Rheum for Health conference on Dec 5 – 2017.

Dr Louise Larkin – Physical Activitiy in Rheumatoid Arthritis
From the Rheum for Health conference on Dec 5 – 2017.

The Cicely saunders Annual Lecture 2017: Proffessor Kissane.
Lecture starts at roughly 30 minutes in.

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