Improving care for people who are overweight

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Do you have an interest in healthcare for people who are overweight?

Join the discussion on 29 August 2019 | This event is now fully booked

We are holding a summer school to encourage discussion and fruitful interaction between those who have interest in, or responsibility for providing care for people who are overweight, and those who are likely to benefit from this care.

The Summary Recommendations 2019 of the HSE Obesity Management Programme will be launched at this event.

"This event is a global first - and the timing couldn't be better. It is a great opportunity to highlight recent progress in our understanding of obesity, and to point out the folly (personal and financial) of not treating obesity as a disease."

Professor Donal O'Shea, National Clinical Lead for Obesity

What to expect

You will hear from a number of leading experts in the area of obesity from across a wide range of specialties including primary care.

There will be a panel discussion on the patient's perspective with a focus on stigma. This discussion will be facilitated by Dr Jean O'Connell, Chair/Joint Education Lead, Association for the Study of Obesity on the Island of Ireland (ASOI).

Presentations on the day will include:

  • Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at National Maternity Hospital Dublin and UCD - Medical care of children and adolescents
  • Dr Brendan O’ Shea, GP in Co. Kildare with an interest in medical education and overweight - The View From General Practice and Primary Care
  • Professor Michael Turner, National Clinical Lead for Obstetrics and Gynaecology - The View from Maternity Services
  • Professor Helen Heneghan, Bariatric Surgeon in St Vincent's University Hospital - Moving points in Bariatric Surgery

Also speaking on the day will be:

  • Professor Donal O'Shea, National Clinical Lead for Obesity
  • Professor Greg Pastores, Consultant with the Adult Metabolic Service/Department of Medicine/National Centre for Inherited Metabolic Disorders

The day will conclude with a Personal Resolution Session at which attendees will break into small groups to formulate personal undertakings to act on the Summer School themes.

Who can attend?

The event is free of charge and open to those who work in healthcare and biosciences, voluntary organisations, journalists, Government officials, and interested members of the general public.