Conference Presentations 2016

The 20th Anniversary Annual Health Promotion Conference hosted at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway on Wednesday 15th June, 2016 was an enormous success and many thanks to our presenters and delegates for making this such a successful event.

The focus this year was on the use of research evidence in developing and implementing intersectoral policy and innovative practice for health promotion.  The conference explored the use of more effective methods of translating evidence into effective health promotion action and consider how we can bridge the gap between ‘what works’ and ‘what happens in practice’. 
This meeting also marked 30 years since the publication of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (WHO, 1986) and also celebrated 20 years of NUI Galway hosting the annual Health Promotion conference.

The Conference Booklet 2016 can be downloaded and the keynote and parallel presentations are available for download below:

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Don Nutbeam, Professor of Public Health, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia
Optimising the transfer of research evidence into healthy public policy and health promotion practice – messing with the truth download

Dr Gauden Galea, Director of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course, WHO Regional Office for Europe
Health promotion: evidence, action and evolution in europe download

Professor Corey Keyes, Department of Sociology, Emory University, Atlanta, United States
The public health argument for promoting and protecting positive mental health download

Professor Jan de Maeseneer, Head of Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Ghent University. Family Physician (part-time), Community Health Center Ledeberg (Belgium). Chairman European Forum for Primary Care
Health promotion in the framework of community oriented primary care: from theory to practice and policy download

Research Exchange (Parallel Presentations)

  • Theme A: Gaps between evidence of effectiveness and what occurs in practice

    A systematic review to critically assess the positive and negative consequences of fear appeal in anti-smoking campaigns. download Ms. Cihan Kayikci

    Engaging ‘hard to reach’ groups of men: Translating evidence into effective health promotion practice &

    Men’s health in alternative spaces: Exploring men’s sheds in Ireland. download Dr. Noel Richardson, Institute of Technology, Carlow

    Early intervention to prevent obesity and reduce obesity inequalities: the current state of knowledge and implications for health promotion research, policy and practice. download Ms. Marita Hennessy, National University of Ireland Galway

    Building Community Capacity in a Disadvantaged Rural Area to Engage Young Men. download Mr. Shane O'Donnell, Institute of Technology, Carlow.
  • Theme B: Evidence informing practice/policy 1

    Engaging Young Men Project: The design of a training programme targeted at frontline service providers to engage more effectively with young men. download Mr. Billy Grace, Institute of Technology Carlow

     Farmers Have Hearts: the effectiveness of a cardiovascular workplace health promotion intervention for Irish farmers. download Ms. Diana van Doorn, Institute of Technology, Carlow

     Men on the Move (MOM) – The impact of a 12-week community based intervention on physical fitness and body morphology in sedentary Irish males. download Mr. Liam Kelly, Institute of Technology, Carlow
    A process evaluation of the contributing factors to sustained engagement in a gender-sensitised community based physical activity programme. download Ms. Alex Donohoe, Waterford Institute of Technology
    An exploration of the sustainability of facilitation skills for health and well-being training in the out of school sector. download Ms. Lisa Harold, Waterford Institute of Technology.
  • Theme C: Evidence informing practice/policy 2

    Informing the transformation of preventive care in Ireland - outcomes from a 5-year community based cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention programme. download Ms. Claire Kerins, National Institute for Preventive Cardiology

    Asthma Education Project - Traveller Community. download Ms. Aisling Doherty, Asthma Society of Ireland

    Mental health literacy among secondary school and university students in Ireland. download Dr. Finiki (Niki) Nearchou, Bird, Niamh., Costello, Audrey., Duggan, Sophie., Gilroy, Jessica., Long, Roisin., McHugh, Laura., Nearchou, Finiki. & Hennessy., Eilis., University College Dublin

    The use of the Requirements Development Approach to guide the implementation of computerised mental health promotion programmes in an alternative education setting in Ireland. download Ms. Tuuli Kuosmanen, National University of Ireland Galway

    Calorie Posting in Acute Hospitals- The “Dropped Scone”. download Ms. Laura Molloy, Health Service Executive.

  • Theme D: Demonstration of how evidence has been used in practice/policy

    Facilitating social participation for people with communication disability in coffee shops and restaurants: Exploring multiple perspectives. download Ms. Elaine Higgins, National University of Ireland Galway

    Developing an Evaluation Tool to Measure the Impacts of an Education Programme for Sexual Health Promoters – the Evolution of the SH-PET. (presentation not available) Dr. Louise Daly, Carmel Downes, Thelma Begley, Dr Jan De Vries, Danika Sharek, Prof. Agnes Higgins, Trinity College Dublin

    The Re-development of the MindOut Programme: Promoting Mental Wellbeing in Post-Primary Schools. download Ms. Katherine Dowling, National University of Ireland Galway

    Improving knowledge transfer; views of researchers and policy makers. download Ms. Helen Grealish, Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, National University of Ireland Galway.

  • Theme E: Facilitators and barriers to the translational process

    Informing food policies in post-primary schools in Ireland: Knowledge to Action. download Ms. Mary Callaghan, National University of Ireland Galway

     Enablers and barriers in the implementation of evidence based RSE resources in an Irish youth work setting: A case study of the REAL U programme. download Dr. Bernadine Brady, UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre

     From barrier to facilitator – Traveller Health Promotion in action. download Ms. Margaret Howard, Waterford Wexford ETB 


    Using Evidence to Inform the Development of a Concussion Education Programme for Youth Gaelic Games Athletes and Coaches. download Ms. Lindsay Sullivan, National University of Ireland Galway

    Health Promotion Researchers' and Students' Photo Voice Presentation

    Our vision for the future of health promotion: hopes and challenges.  Photo Voices (PDF only)