OPEN TO ALL HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
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.
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.
Antibiotics in the food chain
Single use plastics in hospitals
The obesogenic environment
Infectious diseases and climate change
Safer and healthier transport options
Air pollution and Ireland
With more to be announced
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.