2017 Diabetes Conference

Our 10th annual diabetes in primary care conference was held in Cork on 20th of September 2017.

This conference has grown from strength to strength with an attendance of 98 at our first conference back in 2008, to an attendance of 200-250 booked for the last 7 years. The conference is a collaboration between DiGP, the HSE, UCC and the IPNA.

Our 2107 conference theme was ““The Heroism of Incremental Care”- as in primary care we are with the patient through their journey of living with diabetes. The aim of the conference is that all participants will acquire skills and knowledge that can be used in improving the care that they provide to patients with diabetes.

We were delighted to have one of the founding members of DiGP Dr Finbarr Corkery, and who chaired the first conference 10 years ago, reprising his role as Chairperson.

Dr. Maeve Durkin Endocrinologist in the Bon Secours Hospital Cork started the conference with a session on “Hypoglycaemic Therapies – What to Start and When to Stop?”

Dr Aileen Burton, Lecturer in the School of Nursing UCC presented findings from her PhD study- “Diabetes, Women and Sex: Results from an Irish Study”.

Dr Kieran Walshe a GP with a special Interest in Diabetes from Co. Down, a real live hero of incremental care, who has been quoted as saying that he wants his patients with diabetes to die of old age, shared his expertise in what we can do to reduce the mortality and morbidity of diabetes.

We had a fantastic line up of local, national and international facilitators for our 9 workshops. Delegates attended 2 of the following: The Importance of Nutrition in the First 1000 Days (Conception to 2 years old) for Long-Term Health; Diabetes Emergencies Case Studies; Workshop on Starting Injectable therapies and the use of Glucometers in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes; Neuropathies and Diabetes; Sitting is the New Smoking Let’s Get Active Make Every Contact Count; Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes consistent: Different conversations about diabetes self-care using motivational interviewing; Diabetes Case Studies in General Practice; Management of Atrial Fibrillation; Patient engagement: the challenge of connecting the person to dietary education Make Every Contact Count.

A selection of photos and presentations from the day are attached below:

Speakers: Dr Aileen Burton (Nurse Lecturer, UCC), Dr Maeve Durkan, Endocrinologist, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork), Dr Finbarr Corkery (Founder member of DiGP and conference chair), Dr Kieran Walshe (GP with a special interest in diabetes, County Down)
Conference Organising Committee: Dr Audrey Russell (GP, Macroom and DiGP chair), Mary Tips (Practice Nurse, Coachford), Katie Murphy (Diabetes Nurse Facilitator DiGP), Ann Casey (Practice Nurse, Carrignabhfear). Not pictured Angie O’Connor, DiGP Community Nurse Specialist in Diabetes

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