IPH Open Conference 2016 - “Breaking down boundaries – innovation, participation and creativity in public health”

12 Oct 2016
The 5th Public Health Open Conference took place on Tuesday, 11th October 2016 in Titanic Belfast. The aim of the Open Conference was to provide an open platform to:
  • Showcase cross sectoral work in public health,
  • Provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary networking,
  • Enhance knowledge, skills and leadership in public health.
A broad spectrum of topics were covered throughout the day and slides and audio from the presentations can be accerssed below.


Power Point Slides (PDF)

Morning Session - Titanic Suite

Belongingness and lonliness: psychological and philisophical perspectives: Síle Carney - Trinity College Dublin

The Art of Wellbeing: Fionnuala Wlash - Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Gotta Dance!: Deirdre Connolly - Trinity Collece Dublin

Physical activity, screen time and risk of psychosomatic health complaints in school-aged children - Eimear Keane - NUI Galway


Morning Session - Olympic Suite

Patient and public involvement in shaping health policy in Ireland, North and South : Philip Watt, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and Christine Collins, NI Rare Diseases Partnership

Cost of a healthy food basket in NI and RoI : Joana Caldeira Fernandes da Silva, Safwfood

Green Gym - physical activity and health benefits through improving green spaces - Craig Lister, The Conservation Volunteers

Early child health and cognitive outcomes: secondary analysis and using 'Growing up in Ireland' survey data - Dr. Jude Cosgrove, IPH

Morning Session - Britanic Suite

Creatively building healthy lifestyles early in life: Diane Glasgow, Early Years

Mental health promotion and screening in schools: a call to action: Siobhan O’Neill and Deirdre Heenan,Ulster University

CLEAR dementia care: look at all of me: Dr Frances Duffy - Northern Health and Social Care Trust

A closer look at sociodemographic patterns of food purchasing and dietary intake in Northern Ireland: Joanne Casey - Food Standards Agency


Afternoon Session - Titanic Suite

A spoonful of sugar....is taxation a solution?: Dr Joanna Purdy and Dr. Noelle Cotter - IPH

The £ for lb challenge – a lose – win – win scenario. Results from a novel workplace-based, peer-led weight management programme: Damien Bennett - Public Health Agency

Funding Opportunity for Public Health Research/Practice: 

Dr Nicola Armstrong, Public Health Agency

Kay Duggan-Walls, Health Research Board 

Afternoon Session - Olympic Suite

An investigation into the prevalence and people’s experience of ‘food poverty’ within Causeway Coast and Glens catchment: Dr Sinéad Furey, Ulster University and Pearl Mahon, Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council

Innovation in Grass Roots Sport: Emma Jane Clarke- Sport Ireland

Afternoon Session - Britannic Suite

Creative community solutions enabling healthier societies: Laura Feeney - Creative Local Action Responses and Engagement (Clare CIC)

A randomised controlled trial (RCT) evaluation of the ‘Dead Cool’ smoking prevention programme in schools: Aideen Gildea - QUB