ALONE Willie Bermingham Lecture 2020

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ALONE Willie Bermingham Lecture 2020
1 October 2020
This is an online event 2.00-3.30 pm
Organised by: 
Irish Gerontological Society in association with Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Recording of Lecture by Dr. Mike Ryan of WHO

02:24 Introduction of WB lecture by Seán Moynihan, CEO of Alone  

04:30 WB Lecture delivered by Dr Mike Ryan, WHO

23:15 Award of Willie Berminham Lecture and IGS Presidential medals by Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, IGS President

26:05 Panel Discussion


The IGS ALONE Willie Bermingham Lecture is the keynote address at the Annual & Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society. This year, for the first time, the lecture was presented as an online event on Thursday 1st October.  This online event was approved by RCPI with 2 CPD credits (Ref 1021).

>>Please follow this link to view the recording of this lecture<<

Event details:

ALONE and The Irish Gerontological Society proudly announce that this year's lecture

Lessons from COVID 19 and how we can improve care and support for older people in our community

will be delivered by

Dr Michael Ryan

Executive Director at the World Health Organisation's Health Emergencies Programme 

>>follow this link for the history of the IGS ALONE Willie Bermingham Lecture and Past Lecturers<<


Diarmuid O’Shea is a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine in St Vincent’s University Hospital and Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI).  He is a UCD medical graduate.  He was Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People with the HSE until 2019 and Chair of the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training from 2017 to 2019.  He has held the position of Vice-President of Education and Professional Development in the RCPI and acted as the Masterclass Series Convenor in the RCPI since its inception in 2007.  He is the current President of The Irish Gerontological Society of Ireland.


Dan Ryan is a Consultant Geriatrician and Stroke Lead at Tallaght University Hospital. He has a PhD in stroke medicine and trained in King's Hospital in London.  In March 2020 he set up the COVID nursing home webinar series, in collaboration with AIIHPC, which was attended by 3500 nursing home staff over 13 lectures. ,


Rónán Collins is a Consultant in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght University Hospital (TUH). Clinical associate professor in geriatric medicine TCD. Director of stroke services at TUH 2005-2017. Project Lead on Dublin mid-Leinster stroke telemedicine project 2009. National PI for ENOS, TICH-2, BLITZ-AF. Current HSE National Clinical Lead in Stroke. Member of RCPI council and board of Institute of Medicine. A keen fisherman, lover of hurling, environmentalist and a promoter of patient narrative and intergenerational connectivity through arts in health. Special clinical and research interests include stroke, atrial fibrillation, arts in health and telemedicine.   

Dr Colm Henry commenced in the role of Chief Clinical Officer in the Health Service Executive (HSE) in April 2018.  As Chief Clinical Officer, he is responsible for ensuring that clinical leadership, encompassing medical, nursing and midwifery, health & social care professions is represented at the most senior level of the HSE.  The role and Office of the CCO harnesses this clinical leadership and expertise to develop and nurture collaboration with patients and service users, create a culture of patient safety, and improve the patient user experience. The Chief Clinical Officer collaborates with the HSE’s Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Operations Officer and other national directors and senior leaders across the health services to ensure evidence based, clinically informed decision-making in line with identified priorities.

Professor Cecily Kelleher has been the Principal of the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences in University College Dublin since 2015. She previously served as head of the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science. Professor Kelleher was the former chair on the Women’s Health Council and is the chair for the  COVID-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel. Her main areas of research are around cardiovascular disease, childhood obesity, Traveller health, and the effects of smoking. Professor Kelleher and is considered one of Ireland’s most eminent and influential public health researchers and has made significant contributions to the development of national public health policy.

Gabriel Makhlouf took up his position as Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland on 1 September 2019. He chairs the Central Bank Commission, is a member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank, a member of the European Systemic Risk Board, and is Ireland's Alternate Governor at the International Monetary Fund. Before joining the Central Bank Gabriel was Secretary to the New Zealand Treasury and the Government's chief economic and financial adviser from 2011 to 2019. During his time as Secretary, he led reviews of New Zealand's three macroeconomic pillars (monetary, financial stability and fiscal policy) and the development of a new framework for the development of economic and public policy focused on intergenerational wellbeing. In addition, Gabriel was New Zealand's Alternate Governor at the World Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Asian Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He was also co-chair of the Trans-Tasman Banking Council. Previously Gabriel worked in the UK civil service where his roles ranged from policy on domestic and international tax issues through to large-scale operational delivery. He has also chaired the OECD’s Committee on Fiscal Affairs and was responsible for the UK's Government Banking Service.

After a career within the private sector, Seán Moynihan moved to the NGO sector 20 years ago, working as Head of Housing and then Director of Service for the Simon Community. He went on to work as a Project Manager and consultant, working with many NGOs for a number of years before becoming Chief Executive of ALONE.  During this time ALONE has become the national organisation providing services for older people, with a reputation for developing and providing innovative services with staff and volunteers to meet emerging needs. Throughout Seán's time at ALONE, the number of people supported has increased from 200 to more than 12,000, and ALONE continues to expand and develop its services nationwide.

Patricia Rickard-Clarke is a former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission.  She is the Chair of Safeguarding Ireland clg and Chair of SAGE Advocacy clg.  She was a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Group appointed by the Minister for Health to draft a code of practice on Advance Healthcare Directives.  She has contributed to a number of publications on topics related to decision-making capacity, the latest being Changing Horizons in the 21st Century – Perspectives on Ageing published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2020.