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Academic Primary Care Centre (APCC) Public Lecture Series 2021-22


Addressing Inequity in Healthcare for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Improving the Patient Journey

Professor Mary McCarron, 26th May 2022 (video below)

Professor McCarron was joined by invited guests for a panel discussion:

Sinead Tighe, APCC Community Representative, offering a parent's perspective

Aine Lynch, Director of Nursing, Tallaght University Hospital

Suzanne Kennedy, Clinical Nurse Manager 2, Intellectual Disability Liaison, Tallaght University Hospital

Evelyn Reilly, Clinical Nurse Specialist Dementia and Intellectual Disability, Daughters of Charity and Tallaght University Hospital

  Running Order  
2.00 Introductions Susan Smith & Imelda Hanratty
2.05 Keynote Mary McCarron
2.30 A Parent's Perspective Sinead Tighe
2.40 Panel Discussion Mary McCarron, Sinead Tighe, Aine Lynch, Suzanne Kennedy, Evelyn Reilly



Professor Mary McCarron, Professor of Ageing & Intellectual Disability

Mary McCarron is Professor of Ageing and Intellectual Disability at Trinity College Dublin and Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability. Since joining Trinity College in 2002 she has held many senior leadership roles including Director of Research and Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. In 2011, Mary was elected Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the first female and the first nurse to be elected to this position. Mary’s strong family and community values translate directly into her career, where she has led pioneering work in advancing health and social equity in the fields of Ageing and Intellectual Disability. She is the founder and leader of the first ever comparative longitudinal study of Ageing in Persons with an Intellectual Disability (IDS TILDA), where her innovative and inclusive approaches to involving people with an intellectual disability and carers from the design stage of the study to dissemination have been recognised as exemplary.