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Issues affecting the future of the social work role in the field of ageing:

  • Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street
  • 9.00 - 1.00
  • 29 Jan 2016

Price €10 members/ €20 non-members

The practical application of social work advocacy, policy and adopting a rights based approach



This half day conference has been organised by SIGA.  



9.00 am          Registration, Tea & Coffee

9.35 am          Welcome by IASW Chairperson – Donal O’Malley.

9.35 – 10.30   Practical Application of the Vulnerable Adult Policy (Siobhan Nunn, Principal Social Worker for Safeguarding Team for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults)

10.30 – 11      Social Work Advocacy and a Rights-Based Approach (Dr Sarah Donnelly)

11– 11.30       Tea & Biscuits      

11.30 - 12.15  Practical Application of the Principles and Guidelines of the Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 (Mary Condell (Solicitor)

12.15 - 12.45  Professor Desmond O’Neill

12.45 - 1pm    Q & A



Speaker Biographies

Mary Condell BCL, Solicitor, MA (Mediation and Conflict Intervention), is a practicing solicitor and mediator. Before becoming legal advisor to Sage – Support and Advocacy Services for Older People and co-ordinator of its Legal and Financial Group she spent many years in private practice advising vulnerable adults. She is co-founder and former chair of Solicitors for the Elderly in Ireland and a member of the Law Society’s Task Force on Mental Capacity established to review and make submissions on new capacity legislation.  She teaches at MA level in NUI Maynooth, and for Sage and the Law Society on, inter alia, the new capacity legislation and its practical application for professionals and others dealing with adults of diminished or diminishing capacity.

Dr Sarah Donnelly is a Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD where she has worked for the past 2 years.  Prior to this, Sarah was employed as a Medical Social Worker in Tallaght hospital for 13 years and worked in a variety of clinical areas including neurology and age-related healthcare. She is a member of the IASW Special Interest Group on Ageing and Chairperson of the IASW Special Interest Group for Practitioner Research. She recently co-authored a chapter in Social Work in Ireland, Changes and Continuities entitled ‘Growing Old with Dignity-Challenges for Practice in an Ageing Society.’  Her research interests include, ageing, dementia, care planning meetings, capacity and practitioner based research. 

Professor Desmond (Des) O'Neill, Professor of Medical Gerontology in Trinity College Dublin and Tallaght Hospital, has been a leader and innovator in ageing issues for over two decades at national and international levels. With over 300 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, he has been Chair of the Government Working Party on Elder Abuse, founder-Chair of the Council on Stroke, and Medical Director of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, co-leader on the first Irish longitudinal study on ageing (HESSOP-2) and the first Irish National Audits on Stroke Care and Dementia Care, all of which resulted in significant improvements for services for older people. A founder member and past President of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, he was a member of the consortium which developed the European Masters Programme in Gerontology, and is on the Executive Board of the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology, European Region. A frequent participant in national media on matters relating to ageing, his book Ageing and Caring was published by Orpen Press in 2013. He was awarded the All-Ireland Inspirational Life Award in 2010 for advancing the cause of older people, and the Joseph T Freeman Award by the Gerontological Society of America in 2014.


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