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Research Assistant Position

The department of Public Health and Primary Care wishes to recruit a Research Assistant for a one-year project evaluating a physical activity pilot intervention in the workplace and a community based physical activity initiative. Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 21st November 2016.

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The Institute of Population Health

In July 2016, Public Health & Primary Care moved to new premises from their previous offices in the Education Centre in Tallaght Hospital. We now occupy the top three floors of the Russell Centre at Tallaght Cross, a purpose-fitted previously unoccupied building. There are excellent teaching and training facilities and social spaces for both undergraduate and postgraduate students on the 5th and 6th floors with research and administration offices on the 6th and 7th floors. These three floors are collectively known as the Institute of Population Health (IPH). In the IPH, the staff members of Public Health and Primary Care have been joined by colleagues from the School of Nursing and Midwifery and we anticipate that the Institute will become home to other Trinity College disciplines in the coming years.
The other floors of the Russell Centre are housing a pharmacy, HSE services and GP practices, including the clinical practice base of the Trinity College Professor of General Practice.

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General Practice Photographic Installation

A selection of works by the photographer Fionn McCann, from the Trinity College Art Collections is being hung in the Institute of Population Health. This series of photographs entitled ‘General Practice’ captures the ordinariness and the extraordinariness of patients discussing the complexity of their lives, the highs and the lows, in the face-to- face encounters with doctors which take place some 50,000 times in Ireland in any one day. The aim of the project was to represent and celebrate the day-to- day work of general practitioners in a variety of communities around Ireland.

The exhibition was the inspiration of Dr Tom O’Dowd, the Professor of General Practice, who commissioned Irish photographer Fionn McCann to create this work as part of the celebrations for the Tercentenary of the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, in 2011. The images were made between 2009 and 2011, and document a series of patients’ visits to six GPs to reflect the spectrum of traditional to modern landscapes within general practice, throughout Ireland at that time. In colour and black-and- white, the photographer captures the trials, tribulations and sometimes humour of these encounters.

The inaugural show, jointly curated by Tom O'Dowd, Fionn McCann and Deirdre Handy, took place in the Gallery of Photography, Temple Bar, Dublin, 15th-27th of May, 2012. The exhibition highlighted the vital role of GPs in contemporary Irish society, providing a glimpse into the usually private interactions between GP and patient.

The photographs have since been exhibited in the Hunt Museum in Limerick and in Tallaght Hospital, where they were on view to staff, patients and the public. The original exhibition consisted of 47 images, of which almost half will be on show in The Institute for Population Health here in Tallaght, with the remainder at Trinity’s Biosciences Institute, Pearse Street.










Structure of General Practice in Ireland 1982 - 2015

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In March 2016, Public Health & Primary Care and the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) launched the above report.  The report looks at general practice in Ireland over a 33-year period, comparing data from 2015 with data from previous reports, providing a picture of the changing face of general practice in Ireland from 1982 to the present day.

The report shows an increase of 61% in GP numbers since 1982, far short of the 153% increase in hospital consultant numbers since 1987. It also shows that women now constitute 42% of the GP workforce and that there is an ageing cohort, with 14% of practicing GPs now over the age of 65.

The full report is available to download: Structure of General Practice in Ireland 1982 – 2015 (PDF 1.9 KB)


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Last updated 23 November 2016 Mary O'Neill (Email).