Irish Street Medicine Symposium 

27 – 28 September



2019 Programme

(subject to final confirmation)

Day 1
Friday 27 September 2019
Location: The Metropole Hotel, Cork City

Agenda - Day 1


ISMS 19 Registration available NOW!!!


Tickets:     25 euro/day


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Registration                                               8.00am - 9.15am


Coffee Break (Morning)                            11.15am - 11.30am    


Lunch                                                         12.45pm - 1.45pm

Coffee Break (Afternoon)                          3.00pm - 3.15pm



Ger Reaney, Chief Executive, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare

9.15am - 9.45am

Opening of ISMS19  - Welcome and Purpose


Dr John Sheehan, Lord Mayor of Cork

Pat Healy, National Director of Primary Care, Community Strategy and Planning

Fiona O'Reilly (Safetynet Primary Care) and Anna Marie Naughton (Adult Homeless Integrated Team)


plenary session

9.45am - 11.15am

Theme:  Putting the most vulnerable first: The National Perspective

Depression and Stigma in Homelessness    

Chris O'Donnell (Expert by Experience)

HSE National Social Inclusion Perspectives

Joe Doyle (National Social Inclusion Lead - HSE National Social Inclusion Office)


The Hospital Experience for Homeless People

Dr Clíona Ní Cheallaigh (Inclusion Health Consultant St James Hospital)

National Inplementation of Housing First    

Bob Jordan (National Housing First Director)

Panel Discussion

Chaired by Anne Doherty (Chief Executive of Cork City Council)




11.45am - 12.45Pm

Theme:  Innovation in Practice

1)  Step Up Step Down - The first year in Dublin's intermediate care centre for homeless people    

    Niamh Murphy and Angela Skuce (Dublin Simon & Safetynet Primary Care)

2)  MQI - Naloxone Training & Prescribing Service.  From Pilot To Present Day   

    William Carroll and Laurence Moloney, (Merchants Quay Ireland)

3)  Direct Acting Antiviral Treatment of Hepatitis C in the community    

    Susan Ryan, Helen Ryan and Catherine Keane, (Limerick Drug and Alcohol Service)

4)  Making Screening and Assessment Mobile     

    Emma Coughlan (Safetynet Primary Care)

5)  Improving Access to Epilepsy Care for Homeless Patients    

     Elisabeth Doran (Dublin Mid-Leinster Epilepsy Service, St James Hospital)

6)  The New HSE Inclusion Health Hub     

     Anita Whyte (HSE Social Inclusion) and Fiona O'Reilly (Safetynet Primary Care)




11.45am - 12.45Pm

Theme:  Mental Health

1)  Multiple Jeopardy - Psychiatric vulnerabilities and homelessness in Irish Prisons    

    Gautam Gulati and Valerie Murphy (University of Limerick and University College Cork)

2)  Experiences of Social Farming in Homeless Services in the Mid- West     

     Martin Hogan (HSE/ Social Farming Ireland)

3) Intentional Drug Overdose Among Homeless People in Ireland    

    Caroline Daly (National Suicide Research Foundation)

4) Opening the Door to Hope - Implementing the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality Approach within                     Homeless Services    

     Andrea Koenigstorfer, Kirstine Graydon (Dublin Simon Sure Steps Counselling Service)

5)  Mental Health Service Provision for Adults who are Homeless: Experiences of Front-Line Service Providers    

     Gerry Devine ( HSE South - Waterford Mental Health Services)

6) "There's a Hole in the Bucket" - How do staff replenish their empathy stores? 

     Eibhliín Collins (Mercy University Hospital Cork)


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1.45pm - 3.00Pm

1) Reducing barriers for homeless persons to appointment based health care services       

    Kieran Harkin, Maxine Radcliffe, Austin O Carroll (GMQ/HSE)

2) Psychological issues in refugees including Pilot Psychology Service for Syrian Refugees in Abbeyfield EROC Centre

    Mareike Weihrauch (UCC), Jennifer Hayes (Cork Kerry Community Healthcare), William Mowlds (Community Healthcare West), Cynthia

    Watters (NUIG)

3) Building Innovative Practice         

     Enda Baron, Maitiú O Tuathail (Safetynet Primary Care)

4) Epilepsy in the homeless population         

     Elizabeth Doran and Cara Synnott (Dublin Mid-Leinster Epilepsy Service, St James Hospital)

5) Management of Acute Dental Dilemmas in the General Practice Setting         

     Ahmed Kahatab (Dublin Dental University Hospital)

6) Antenatal Liasion / Contraception       

    Cathy Cullen (Safetynet Primary Care)




3.15pm - 4.30pm

Theme:  Challenges and Solutions

1)  Working with keyworkers to improve homeless health    

     Briege Casey, Mary Farrelly and Denise Proudfoot (School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University)

2)  Alcohol & Benzodiazepine Detox in the context of homelessness; an ever evolving landscape    

     Orla Condren, Eavanna Maloney (Dublin Simon)

3)  Addressing sexual violence disclosure amongst patients during health assessments and screening

     Debbie Marshall (Safetynet)

4)  Increased presentations of people with a disability amongst the homeless population: real or imagined. 

      A local perspective of Cork City.

     Jim Lane ( Adult Homeless Integrated Team), Lorraine Catherine O'Connor (University College Cork)

5)  Discharge protocol in relation to Homeless clients    

     Mary Murphy, (Homeless action Team, Mid West Community Healthcare)

6)  "Nothing about us without us".  

      Depaul Key Workers 





3.15pm - 4.30pm

Theme:  Refugee and Migrant Health

1)  Responding to the Health Needs of Refugees & Asylum Seekers /Roma and Programme Refugees   

     Ovidiu Matuit (Intercultural Health Hub:WSTCYS)

2)  Pilot Psychology Service for Syrian Refugees in Abbeyfield EROC Centre, Ballaghaderreen    

     William Mowlds, Cynthia Watters ( Community Healthcare West, NIUG)

3)  Building a Network of Health & Social Care Professionals to help meet Oral Health Needs of Asylum Seekers in Kenmare, Kerry    

     Patrick Quinn, Gerry McCarthy (Kenmare Family Dental and Killarney Immigrant Support Centre (KASI))

4)  Vulnerability indications and Assessments

     Dr Matt O'Tuathail (Safetynet Primary Care)

5)  Cork Kerry Refugee Resettlement Programme Initiative:a new initiative in improving health outcomes for Syrian & Iraqi  Refugees           Leah Bentham and Tina Diggin, (Cork Kerry Community Healthcare/HSE)

6)  Using technology to reduce access barriers- Cork Kerry Resettlement Project

     Mary Cleary, ( Cork Kerry Community Healthcare)



day 1 closing PLENARY SESSION

4.30pm - 5.30pm

Feedback from Parallel Sessions

Workshop Chairs Share

Closing remarks & Surprise musical guests




6.30pm - 8.30pm

"An Inclusion Social"

Tickets can be purchased separately from the ISMS19 Registation Page:

Catherine Mc Auley Centre,    

21 Nelson Street,

Dublin 7

Contact Numbers:

Main No./General Queries       01 962 0116

Administration & Finance                 087 152 3589


Homeless PC Team Inreach               087 176 2246

Homeless PC Team Outreach           087 652 0225

Homeless PC Team Support              087 222 0402

Mobile Health & Screening Unit      087 355 9722

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Board of Directors

Kevin Kenny (Chair)

David Cagney

Dr. Cliona Ní Cheallaigh

Síle Kelly

Dr. Brian Melaugh

Frank Mills,

Frances O’Keefe

Dr. Philip Wiehe



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