67th IGS Annual & Scientific Meeting 2019 - Satellite Sponsored Symposium

Improving Services in Chronic Disease Management for Older People

Exploring the strategic direction for chronic disease management in Ireland

A Satellite Symposium sponsored by:  

We hope you are all looking forward to joining us in Cork from September 26th to 28th for our society’s  67th annual autumn meeting.  It promises to be an exciting, educational and informative few days.

We are joined in partnership at our annual meeting with our colleagues from South/Southwest Hospital Group, and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare. University College Cork is our academic partner for this meeting.

This year, it is intended that the satellite symposium - which will be held in the conference venue - will be open also to non-delegates (including General Practice and Primary Care).  We anticipate that the theme will draw a large and engaged audience. Reservations will close as soon as bookings reach capacity. Early booking is recommended.

Each year at our annual educational symposium we take a specific area of care and focus on it in more detail.  This year the symposium will focus on the strategic direction for chronic disease management in Ireland.  We are very grateful to the local organising group led by Dr. Suzanne Timmons and Dr. Kieran O'Connor for their support of the Scientific Committee in organising the programme for this symposium.

A special acknowledgement and thanks and to our Platinum Sponsor, Novartis, for their support of this event.

This unique symposium will be of interest to the broad range of disciplines involved in providing immediate and follow-up care to people who have chronic conditions.  It promises to be an informative, and interesting evening. 


Prof. Colin Bradley. Chair of Dept. of General Practice, University College Cork

Optimising Chronic Disease Management in Primary Care (focus on diabetes)

Dr John Cullen. Consultant in General Internal and Respiratory Medicine, Tallaght University Hospital

Time to Clear the Air: COPD & Inhaled Corticosteroid Therapy (ICS)

Ciara Hanrahan Senior Physiotherapist, COPD Outreach and Oxygen Assessment Unit Mercy University Hospital, Cork

COPD Outreach in Improving Quality of Life for Older People

Ciara Hanrahan qualified with a BSc Hons Physiotherapy degree from University of the West of England in 1998 and has worked as a physiotherapist for almost 20 years, specialising in respiratory care. She is a member of CORU, the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, Irish Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society. She has lectured at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels for physiotherapy university programmes and is currently completing an MSc in Advanced Practice with Ulster University. Ciaras research is focussing on airway clearance techniques for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Ciara is responsible for setting up the COPD outreach service in the Mercy University Hospital, Cork, with Dr David Curran, as part of a HSE National Clinical Programme in 2012. The over-arching aim of this service is to prevent admissions to hospital by providing hospital at home patient-centered care for patients with COPD in Cork city. Ciara also works as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver weekly oxygen assessment clinics in the Mercy University Hospital.

Dr Colm Henry. Chief Clinical Officer, HSE & Consultant Geriatrician Mercy University Hospital, Cork

Strategic Direction for Chronic Disease Management in Ireland