2017 - International Conference of the Diabetes Self-Management & Prevention Alliance, 9-10 November

Conference speakers confirmed to date include:

Dr O'Keeffe is National Director of Health and Wellbeing in the HSE. Dr O’Keeffe previously was the first Director of the new Health and Wellbeing Programme in the Department of Health where she led out on the development of Ireland’s first inter-sectoral population health framework, Healthy Ireland. Dr O’Keeffe is a former Director of the Crisis Pregnancy Programme where she worked for ten years. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in Psychological Research Methods and Assessment and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Surrey in the UK. Dr O’Keeffe will outline and launch the new National Framework for Self Management Support for Chronic Conditions.

Gráinne Flynn was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 20 years old in 1993. She lives in Co. Clare, is a stay at home mum of two school-aged children. She volunteers as a diabetes event organiser, a patient advocate and a diabetes blogger. Gráinne started volunteering with Diabetes Ireland in 2007 and helped to set up Diabetes Support Groups and Public Information Events on Diabetes in Clare. Through volunteering with Diabetes Ireland she was asked to redesign their logo and is responsible for the publication of the Irish Type 1 Diabetes Starter Kit; A Guide for Newly Diagnosed Adults. Her blog, Blood Sugar Trampoline, is a combination of her personal diary about living with type 1 diabetes in Ireland and a way to share information with others to help them on their own diabetes journeys. Gráinne is also one of the founding members of Thriveabetes; the first Irish type 1 diabetes conference organised by people with type 1 diabetes whose mission is to Inform, Motivate and Inspire all people living with diabetes. Gráinne will speak on the topic of "My Journey - A Person with Diabetes Empowered".

Dr Hendrieckx is a clinical psychologist and a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, Deakin University, Australia. Her major interest is in the psychological consequences of hypoglycaemia and perceptions of new treatments and technologies in people with type 1 diabetes. She was involved in developing the “Diabetes and Emotional Health Handbook and Toolkit”. This handbook aims to support health professionals to identify, address and communicate about emotional health during consultations with adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Click here to register for a free copy - https://ndsshp.learnupon.com/users/sign_in. It is complemented by a toolkit containing summary cards of several chapters, questionnaires, and leaflets for people with diabetes. She will speak on the topic of  “Addressing Emotional Health: a Skill that can be Learned”.


Molly is a Health Research Board Research Leader. Since January 2014 she has held a full-time research leadership role at the School of Psychology, where she directs the Health Behaviour Change Research Group. Within this group, she and her team apply behavioural science to the development and evaluation of complex interventions to promote healthy behaviour change within health services and to promote public health. All Molly's research is done within multidisciplinary teams. Currently, Molly's main research focuses are in: Diabetes and self-management; Cardiovascular disease and sexual health; Promotion of healthy infant feeding; Promotion of physical activity within pregnant women and others; Interventions targeting health professional behaviour change. Molly obtained an honours degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin (1994) and both a Masters degree in Health Psychology (1998) and a PhD (2003) from NUI, Galway. Molly joined the School of Psychology in NUI, Galway in July 2004 as Health Psychology Lecturer, where she has contributed to and directed the MSc in Health Psychology and Structured PhD in Psychology and Health.

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