If you missed the all-island Joint Public Health Conference 2020, you can now playback all the sessions and listen to the keynote speakers.
The conference, which took place virtually on November 17th, 2020, focused on Picking Up the Pieces – Public Health and COVID-19.
It brought together leading international experts to discuss how COVID-19 has affected our lives, with a focus on how the pandemic has impacted inequalities. It also highlighted latest policy, data and research on how the pandemic has impacted public health on the island of Ireland.
The conference was jointly organised by the Institute of Public Health, the Public Health Agency, Queen’s University Belfast, and Ulster University.
It will be relevant to stakeholders with responsibility for public health and the COVID-19 response in Ireland and Northern Ireland; health professionals; policymakers; national and local government; Healthy Ireland and Making Life Better networks; the community and voluntary sector; and the research and academic community.
Ministerial Address & Morning Keynote by Prof Sharon Friel
Ministers for Health in Ireland and Northern Ireland, Stephen Donnelly TD and Robin Swann MLA, opened the conference with a Ministerial welcome.
Prof Sharon Friel is Professor of Health Equity and Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Governance at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University. She has been voted one of the world’s most influential female leaders in global health. Prof Friel’s keynote addressed Post COVID-19 and the opportunities for health equity.
Afternoon keynote by Prof Susan Michie
Prof Susan Michie serves as an expert advisor on the UK’s Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behavioural Science (Covid-19) and is a consultant advisor to the World Health Organisation on Covid-19 and behaviour. She is also expert advisor to Public Health England and the UK Department of Health and Social Care and is Chair of the UK Food Standard Agency’s Social Sciences Advisory Committee.
Prof Michie’s keynote focused on COVID-19 and intervening using behavioural science.
Nutrition, alcohol and tobacco consumption
Topic: Identifying nutritional issues affecting communities in Northern Ireland during COVID-19
Presenter: Miss Fiona Armstrong, Public Health Dietitians Group Northern Ireland
Topic: Factors associated with changes in alcohol and tobacco consumption during COVID-19 ‘lockdown’
Presenter: Dr Ciara Reynolds, Institute of Public Health
Topic: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on psychiatric inpatient care in Northern Ireland
Presenter: Dr Claire Potter, Queen’s University Belfast
Topic: A systematic review to assess the effectiveness of online psychotherapy for the treatment of perinatal mental health disorders
Presenter: Rachel Black, Ulster University
Topic: Social distancing audit tool
Presenter: Alice Fleming, Queen’s University Belfast
Topic: Facilitators and barriers to following COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing among young people in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland
Presenter: Dr Emma Berry, Queen’s University Belfast
Topic: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of Irish Men’s Shed members: Lessons from Sheds for Life
Presenter: Ms Aisling McGrath, Waterford Institute of Technology
Topic: Does loneliness lead to increased healthcare use in older adults in Ireland, North and South?
Presenter: Dr Annette Burns, Institute of Public Health
COVID-19 incubation and excess mortality
Topic: Excess Mortality in the time of COVID-19: A Scoping Study
Presenter: Miss Alice Fleming, Queen’s University Belfast & Maastricht University
Topic: A scoping review and meta-analysis of the parameters of the incubation period for COVID-19
Presenter: Dr Sonam Prakashini Banka, Trinity College Dublin
Health related behaviour and physical activity
Topic: The effect of COVID-19 lockdown on health-related behaviours in UK adults
Presenter: Professor Mark Tully, Ulster University
Topic: The benefits of physical activity and the consequences of physical inactivity in older adults
Presenter: Dr Conor Cunningham, Institute of Public Health
Understanding the impact of COVID-19
Topic: Investigating the impact of COVID-19 on Caregivers for those with a rare disease
Presenter: Julie McMullan, Queen’s University Belfast
Topic: Knowledge Management Cell Learning Community – learning from COVID-19
Presenter: Mrs Grainne Cushley, Public Health Agency