COVID-19 and Health Care Workers. Online Symposium

COVID-19 and Health Care Workers. Online Symposium

2 July 2020

Cost: Free Event

Organised by: Irish Gerontological Society


IGS Scientific Programme 2020/2021.

Online Symposium:

Thursday, July 2nd  3.00 - 4.30 pm

This online event has been granted 2 CPD credits by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI)

I and others in the infectious diseases clinical community believe that it is inevitable that we will experience a resurgence of cases as we relax restrictions and permit more travel. (Prof Paddy Mallon, Irish Times, 25 June 2020)

Ireland has the highest rate of infection from conronavirus of health workers globally the Oireachtas Covid-19 committee has been told. (Irish Times, 23 June 2020)

IGS Online Symposium. July 2nd 2020 3.00-4.30pm

COVID-19: The Experience of Health Care Workers in the Field of Gerontology 

(free to members and non-members)

To date, 30% of COVID-19 cases in Ireland are reported in health care workers.  This is reflective of what we are seeing around the world during this global pandemic.  A stark statistic that highlights that what we do is not without risk.  A sober reminder to you and your colleagues of the old airline maxim to take care of yourselves - put your own mask on first!



Professor Paddy Mallon is Professor of Microbial Diseases in University College Dublin (UCD) and an Infectious Diseases Specialist at St Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin. Professor Mallon trained in Infectious Diseases in Sydney Australia and completed a PhD in long-term toxicities of HIV under the supervision of Professor David Cooper and Professor Andrew Carr. He is the director of the UCD Centre for Experimental Pathogen Host Research (CEPHR), which focuses on translational research into outcomes of infections such as HIV, COVID and tuberculosis. His own research interests include age-related outcomes in HIV and host biological determinants of outcome from infection. He chairs the European AIDS Clinical Society Comorbidities Guidelines Panel and is a Director of the Wellcome Trust / HRB Irish Clinical Academic Training Programme. @HIVTox

Dr Chie Wei Fan, more commonly known as Mimi, is a geriatrician at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital and Community Medicine for Older Persons in Dublin North Central. Following completion of the Higher Specialist Training in Geriatric Medicine and General Medicine, she worked at St James Hospital in the Falls and Blackout clinic and where she also received Doctor in Medicine (MD) from TCD. Her special interests are: falls, orthostatic hypotension, nursing home and frailty.

Denise Hartigan is a CNM II for Stroke and Older Persons in Connolly Hospital. Over a 20 year nursing career, Denise has worked in a number of specialities including cardiology, stroke and gerontology. As an IMNO representative for Connolly Hospital, she is passionate about staff welfare and continuously advocates for the wider nursing profession. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Denise was tasked with restructuring the older person service to provide quality care to older adults diagnosed with virus. Throughout this tremendously difficult time, Denise and her nursing team faced incredibly challenges when communicating with patients and their loved ones. The Covid-19 pandemic was a steep learning curve for healthcare staff across the world, but perhaps particularly so for nurses working with older patients in such exceptional times. 


Deirdre Lang, Director of Nursing/National Lead Older Persons Services, Clinical & Integrated Programmes Office Nursing & Midwifery Services Director, IGS Executive Committee Member

Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, IGS President. Consultant Geriatrician, St. Vincent's University Hospital

Dr Dan Ryan, Consultant Geriatrician and Stroke Physician, Tallaght University Hospital

We would like to thank the All Ireland Institute for Hospice and Palliative Care for their support of this event. 

The IGS acknowledges Daiichi Sankyo as our Innovation Partner 2020-2021. The company has no influence, nor liability for any of the content provided in this educational material. We thank them for their support.


Registration Closed. Event Completed

Once you are registered you will receive an email with the Zoom link details. The session will be hosted in Zoom which can be downloaded onto your computers, iPad or smartphones or accessed via a phone line.  If you have any issues with registering please contact Mai Olden

Recording of this completed event:

Dr Diarmuid O'Shea, IGS President, welcomes participants at 1m31s.
Dr Mimi Fan speaks at 5m. |
Prof Paddy Mallon speaks at 28m.
Denise Hartigan speaks at 54m.