Skip to main content


Optimizing Health and Wellbeing in Older Populations through Integrated Care Conference

2 May 2024

April 18th, 2024, the Ageing Integrated Research School of Nursing & Midwifery Web Conference convened.

In the pursuit of holistic care for older adults. Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery for the South/Southwest Hospitals Group (SSWHG), HSE, Bridie O’Sullivan gave the opening address and this was followed by an impressive lineup of speakers, with 200 delegates registered for the event. Bridie O’Sullivan set the tone for the conference by emphasizing the importance of designing care models that revolve around and cater to the unique needs of older individuals. Throughout the conference, participants engaged in stimulating discussions centering on the theme of integrated care and its transformative potential in the realm of ageing healthcare.



Gemma McCarthy, from the CUH/South Lee Integrated Care team for older persons, shed light on the multifaceted nature of cognition impairment in older adults. Gemma underscored that memory is just one facet of cognition and highlighted the significance of addressing modifiable risk factors to mitigate dementia risk.

Dr. Bart Daly, a Consultant Geriatrician within the same integrated care team, delved into strategies for optimizing health and well-being in older populations through integrated care approaches. His insights illuminated the importance of rapid access and advanced practice in delivering effective care to older adults.

Prof. Jeroen Hendriks, occupying the Cardiovascular Nursing Chair at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, offered valuable insights into applying integrated care principles to patients with cardiac arrhythmias. His presentation emphasized interdisciplinary collaboration and multi-organizational approaches as pivotal components of best practice.

Prof. Gerry Lee from University College Cork addressed the complex challenge of multimorbidity in older adults with atrial fibrillation. Gerry advocated for patient-centered, systematic care pathways that prioritize interdisciplinary collaboration to effectively manage comorbidities in this population.


AIR summary slide


Thank you to Dr Caroline Kilty and Caroline Egan, who facilitated the questions and answers session and provided invaluable backend support to ensure the smooth operation of the event.

Dr. Irene Hartigan, as the conference chair, expressed her delight at the event's success, marking its third consecutive year of providing a platform for robust discussions and knowledge exchange in the field of ageing care. Thank you to the SSWHG for sponsoring the event to support use the UCC Web Conference platform.

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Scoil an Altranais agus an Chnáimhseachais

Brookfield Health Sciences Complex College Road Cork, Ireland , T12 AK54