Green Health

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The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is delighted to partner with APC Microbiome Ireland and the Irish Heart Foundation to present the Green Health Symposium, 6 November, 2019



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6 November - Green Health, presented in conjunction with APC Microbiome Ireland and the Irish Heart Foundation, is taking place on 6 November. This one-day symposium focuses on the challenges and opportunities for health in Ireland in light of both climate change and increasing environmental pressures.

Delivered by leading experts, this symposium is designed to inform doctors, allied healthcare professionals and policy makers about the imminent challenges for health, and to empower them to advocate for behaviour and policy changes to improve the health of the nation and our planet.

What to expect

In this symposium we examine some of the biggest environmental issues affecting the healthcare system and patients in Ireland, both today and for the future. Sessions will look how we can adapt to these challenges, mitigate the damage done by pollution and lead thought and action in these areas going forward.


Topics covered include:

Antibiotics in the food chain

Single use plastics in hospitals

The obesogenic environment

Infectious diseases and climate change

Safer and healthier transport options

Phage therapy

Air pollution and Ireland

With more to be announced

Keynote speaker

Professor Michael Depledge is Emeritus Professor of Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School and Chair of the Board of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health. He joins the conference as our keynote speaker and will open the day by sharing his expert knowledge in the field.

Irish Doctors for the Environment

We are delighted to be joined by Dr Sadhbh Lee, one of our BST from Irish Doctors for the Environment to talk about their mission and vision for the future. 

Reduced rate for Trainees

This symposium is open to all, but we would like to encourage our Trainees, as the future generation of healthcare professionals, to attend. Trainees can book tickets at a reduced rate of €50. Simply log in to avail of this rate when booking.

A green event

As part of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s commitment to the environment the Green Health Symposium aims to produce as little waste as possible. Printed materials will be kept to a minimum and any produced will be recycled. Lanyards and name badges will be collected to be used again. Compostable coffee cups will be provided and water will be served in glass bottles to cut down on plastic waste. We would also encourage attendees, where possible, to use public transport, cycle or walk to the event.

Open to all healthcare professionals

This event aims to engage all in the healthcare industry and to encourage as many voices as possible to join the debate on this topic. This event is open to all healthcare professionals.


Green Health, presented in conjunction with APC Microbiome and The Irish Heart Foundation takes place on 6 November 2019. Tickets are limited so book now. 


Speakers at the Green Health Symposium include... 

Prof Michael Depledge, Emeritus Professor of Environment and Human Health and Chair of the Board of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health

Dr Ina Kelly, Consultant in Public Health Medicine

Tim Collins, CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation

Prof Paul Ross, Director, APC Microbiome

Dr Colette Bonner, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Dept of Health representative on the National Climate change Adaptation Steering Committee

Professor Catherine Fleming, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Galway University Hospital 

Professor John Sodeau, Professor of Physical Chemistry, Centre for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry, UCC

Professor Francis Finucane, Consultant Endocrinologist, Galway University Hospital

Dr Paul Cotter, APC Microbiome Ireland

Professor Colin Hill, APC Microbiome Ireland

Dr Sarah Jane Belton, Head, School of Health and Human Performance, DCU

Dr Orla O’Carroll, HST, Respiratory Medicine

Dr Cathal O'Connor, Specialist Registrar, Dermatology 

Professor Martin Cormican, National Clinical Lead, HCAI and AMR and Professor of Bacteriology, NUI Galway

Dr Sadhbh Lee, BST IOG, RCPI and Irish Doctors for the Environment

John Gibbons, Writer, Journalist and Environmental Campaigner 

With more to be announced. 

Ahead of the Green Health Symposium we asked our doctors about their concerns in relation to health and the environment. Here are just some of their responses. Full results of the survey will be presented at the Symposium on 6 November, 2019. 

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