The presentations from our 2018 Conference are available below (please click on the person's name). The conference booklet is also available at Conference Booklet 2018

Keynote Presentations

  • Participation in primary healthcare: the relevance of participatory health research
    Professor Anne Mac Farlane, University of Limerick
  • Participatory research: promoting positive changes for health through the power of collaborative learninge learning
    Professor Tina Cook, Liverpool Hope University, UK
  • Join the dots - Why connections are the key
    Joanne Morgan, Community Development and Health Network, Northern Ireland
  • Improving outcomes for young adults living with type 1 diabetes in Ireland: the D1 Now study
    Professor Seán Dinneen, Galway University Hospitals and NUI Galway (presentation not available)

Parallel Presentations

  • Practice Theme 1: Engaging service users to improve health

Involving people who use services in developing national standards for health and social care services
Weir, L., Behan, L. O’Dwyer, V. and Flynn, R.

World Café: Using consultation to build capacity and support change
Brophy, J., Harney, B. and Kehoe, S.

Optimising initiation, attendance and retention to a community based chronic illness rehabilitation programme: Medex Wellness
O'Leary, E.., McCaffrey, N., Furlong, B., Doyle, F. and Woods, C.

Traveller women’s perspectives on the underlying causes of their food choices – An inter-agency partnership working towards an alternative discourse and practice
Cronin, M.., Burke, A., Rogan, A.M., Russell, J., O'Leary, A., Cahill, D., O'Reilly, D. and Prendiville, J.

Better services - better health - "Travellers empowering and engaging their community through peer led primary health care"
Ward, B., Warde, K., Sweeney, K., McDonagh, A., Collins, M., Staunton, C., Fitzmaurice, V. and Syron, M.

  • Service Theme 2: Community, family and wellbeing

Exploration of teenage parents experiences as service users of universal child and family healthcare services
Kelly, M. and Millar, M. (awaiting revised presentation)

 ‘Speak Up’: Participation of children and young people in decisions about their lives in Tusla services
Tierney, E., Brady, B., Forkan, C., Jackson, R. and Kennan, D. (presentation not available)

Parenting in Ireland: Polish perspectives on child rearing and help seeking in a culturally diverse neighbourhood
Kealy, C. (presentation not available)

Hampson, N. (no powerpoint presentation)

How to involve stroke survivors with aphasia and healthcare professionals as co-researchers in service evaluation: A participatory health research study focused on public and patient involvement
McMenamin, R. (presentation not available)

  • Service Theme 3: Hospital settings

Preparing to partner at Mayo University Hospital: A study of institutional preparedness for whole system patient-experience advisor integration
McGrath F., Moran S., Bracken R., Casey J., Staunton F., Curtis J., Fallon E., Donohoe C., Rivoire, E. and Ní Bhuinneain, M.

Short study into women’s views on breast screening in Limerick city
Swinburne, L.

Alcohol related presentations to Emergency Departments in Ireland
McNicholl, B., Goggin, D. and O’Donovan, D. (presentation not available)

Development of a participatory workshop to build staff capacity towards a sustainable health literate hospital environment
McKenna, V.B., Sixsmith, J. and Byrne, N. (presentation not available)

From tokenism to meaningful participation-the role of service users in the design and development of Health Services
Kinnen, L.

  • Research Theme 4: Service user involvement in research

Staying fit for the future - better balance better bones: An evaluation of a balance orientated exercise programme for older adults
Aherne, A.. and Dinneen, J.

Modelling, refining and testing the components of a complex behavioural intervention to improve outcomes among young adults with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: The D1 Now Intervention.
Casey, B.

Health literacy audit in the Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, University Hospital Galway
Murray, A. and Finn, Y. (presentation not available)

An evaluation of the We Can Quit programme in disadavantged communities in Ireland
Ivers, J.H. Vance, J., Burke, R. Reynolds, C and Hayes, C. (presentation not available)

Empowering expectant women: The role of breastfeeding preparation class participation in breastfeeding initiation and practice
McLoone, M., Loftus, E. and Martin, L.

  • Research Theme 5: Service user voice: Bridging the gap

Hearing the patient’s voice: Insights from the National Patient Experience Survey
Foley, C.

Making it matter, involving seldom-heard groups in research design
Hopewell-Kelly, N. and Packer, S.

PPI Ignite NUI Galway: Bringing about a culture change
Murphy, E.

Exploring public and patient participation to guide research in wound care in an Irish context
O'Regan, M.

Research, into practice, into research. What impact can we have by intervening, upstream, at the level of the engager, first?
Brennan, G. (presentation not available)


  • Workshop A: Patient and Public Partnership-Acute Hospital Services HSE
    June Boulger, Health Service Executive
  • Workshop B: Improving health outcomes through service user involvement: Development of young diabetes services
    Cameron Keighron, Galway Young Diabetes Clinic
  • Workshop C: Open forum workshop on service provision
    Siobhan McGrory, Jigsaw (open workshop no presentation)
  • Workshop D: Constructivist learning as a response to human distress (Putting adult education at the service of mental health recovery)
    Donal Hoban, The Recovery College
  • Workshop E: Service user engagement examples
    Laura McKitterick, Jigsaw
  • Workshop F: Open forum workshop on practice experiences
    Libby Kinneen, Independent Consultant (open workshop no presentation)
  • Workshop G: How can you include and develop PPI in your research?
    Ruth McMenamin and Edel Tierney, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Workshop H: Identifying and engaging research partners
    Jon Salsberg, University of Limerick
  • Workshop I: Open forum workshop on participation research Venue:
    Jane Sixsmith, National University of Ireland Galway (open workshop no presentation)

Poster Presentations

  • Greg Clark, Roscommon Mental Health Services
    Assessment of a co-produced recovery model five ways to wellbeing challenge in the mental health community setting
  • Victoria O'Dwyer, Health Information and Quality Authority
    Service theme: National standards for the conduct of reviews of patient safety incidents
  • Marese Damery, Irish Heart Foundation
    Irish Heart Foundation’s mobile health unit ‘blood pressure check service’: Impact of opportunistic checks in the community focusing on the ‘hard to reach groups’
  • Yomna Hussein, NUI Galway
    Physicians’ perspectives on patient participation in clinical decision making
  • Emer O'Leary, Get Ireland Walking
    Men’s sheds as a health promoting setting for walking participation: Importance of targeted health interventions for physical activity
  • Alison Fagan, Athlone Institute of Technology
    To examine the factors affecting health and wellbeing of centenarians living in Ireland
  • Michelle Hanlon, NUI Galway
    Let's talk-and act-about supporting medication adherence in multimorbidity
  • Margaret Mcloone, Sligo Institute of Technology
    Postnatal women's experience of breastfeeding support in the north west of Ireland
  • Ann O'Brien, NUI Galway
    Evaluating the quality of patient engagement on the online patient feedback platform care opinion
  • Maria Barrett, Health Promotion and Improvement, Health Service Executive
    The power of self- management: Diabetes education and self management for ongoing and newly diagnosed individuals with Type 2 Diabetes (desmond)
  • Dr Hiyam Alriyami, NUI Galway
    Mapping the capacity of Health Promotion interventions for non-communicable diseases in Oman
  • Madeline Kennedy, Health Service Executive
    Smokefree homes
  • Niamh Gallagher, NUI Galway
    Exploring older adults' communication with their GP and how a photo-story health literacy intervention may help
  • Dr Eva Barrett, NUI Galway
    Empowering nursing home residents with a physical activity programme embedded into their daily life: A study protocol
  • Dr Karen Casson, Ulster University
  • Personal and public involvement and its impact: Monitoring, measuring and evaluating the impact of personal and public involvement in health and social care in Northern Ireland
  • Niki Byrne, Galway University Hospitals
    Improving GUH health literacy- Developing the policy on written patient information
  • Dr Catherine Anne Field, NUI Galway
    Palliative day care : Bridging the care gap
  • Bridget Molloy, Institute of Technology, Sligo
    Sort your stigma – Increasing the validity of STI screening in third level college students
  • Dervilia Kernaghan, Cancer Focus Northern Ireland
    'Well aware' - Empowering older people in cancer prevention
  • Dr Colette Kelly, NUI Galway
    Participatory research with youth: Showcasing the international Health Behaviour in School-aged Children survey
  • Lorraine Burke, NUI Galway
    Stakeholder participation in planning of adolescent sexual health research translation.