World’s leading experts in Paediatrics and Child Health arrive in Dublin this week

Louise McCarthy

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Louise McCarthy

Minister for Health Simon Harris coming to Portlaoise to meet doctors

Minister for Health Simon Harris

The world’s leading experts in Paediatrics and Child Health arrive in Dublin this week to speak at the 9th Europaediatrics Congress at the Convention Centre

The Congress, hosted by the Faculty of Paediatrics at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland will focus on Prevention and Therapeutic Innovations in Paediatrics and Child Health and 1,700 delegates from Ireland, Europe and other continents will attend.

Minister for Health Simon Harris will address the delegation at the opening ceremony on Thursday morning.

Professor Hilary Hoey, Chair of the Europaediatrics Scientific and Organising Committee spoke of the unique opportunity of hosting a conference of this size in Dublin,

Professor Hoey said:“The Europaediatrics Congress taking place in Dublin is drawing some of the world’s most imminent doctors working in child health and this gives us the opportunity to draw and learn from international experience.”

She said: “We are delighted that Minister Harris is joining us at the opening ceremony and acknowledging the importance of child health services in Ireland.”

Professor Hoey said:“It will also focus on widening opportunities and access to adequate innovative treatment options for all. An important part of any strategic healthcare plan is responding to the emerging preventative and health promotion needs of infants, children, and adolescents. This has become a priority for paediatrics, and together with therapeutic innovation."

Dr Ellen Crushell, Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics at RCPI said this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Irish paediatrics and to learn from the experiences of other countries.

Dr Crushell said: “The specialty of Paediatrics in Ireland is undergoing major changes which is driving much of the energy and dynamism that we are currently seeing within our specialty. Some of this is related to the enthusiasm for the New Children’s Hospital but there is also an increasing realisation of the impact of good health in infancy and early childhood on health in later life. If children can be kept healthy and happy then the healthier and happier thy will be as adults.”

She said:“The focus within paediatrics has traditionally been on disease, but with Irish children generally healthier now than ever before, we need to concentrate now more on prevention and earlier detection and management of health problems. There is a growing need to ensure children and adolescents’ health and wellbeing to prevent further future greater difficulties.” 

With the focus of on prevention in child health at Europaediatrics, there will be talks on vaccination, new born screening, nutrition and obesity, child migration, child protection, child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing. Therapeutic innovations in the treatment of common and rare diseases, including precision medicine, research and genetic advances, will also be highlighted. 

The meeting will be attended by some of the world’s leading figures in child health, including Professor Martin Weber, World Health Organisation Programme Manager for Child Health; Prof Leyla Namazova-Baranova, President of EPA-UNEPSA, Dr Angel Carrasco, President of the European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians, Prof Errol Alden, President of the International Paediatric Association; Professor Aman Pulungan, President of the Asia Pacific Paediatric Association amongst many other presidents and members of national and international paediatric societies.  

Irish experts include Professor Karina Butler, Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases who will present on Vaccination Victories and Professor Owen Smith CBE, who will provide an update on childhood leukaemia.