#FABCHANGEDAY The Colostrum Project

As a mom, patient and carer – and founder of the Global Village of Health Translation – I often find myself researching various health topics via “Dr. Google”. One thing I never found online though was information about the benefits of the very first feed that you give to your new born baby – that was until I found myself having a very interesting online conversation with neonatologist, Prof Minesh Khashu; Irish Midwife, Deirdre Munro and UK Midwife, Sally Goodwin. As a young mum (a long time ago, I might add!) with my first newborn, I don’t mind admitting IRead More…

Doing it with us, not for us…

“Taking account of the perspectives of patients and their families is crucial to articulating the reality and identifying the gaps between patient safety measures possible and the levels of safety being experienced by patients.” Building a Culture of Patient Safety, July 2008 Staff Guide to Patient and Public Participation, Cork University Hospital In the last two and a half years, I have attended many health conferences – coming face to face with some of the most innovative people & solutions in health care and more often than not, finding myself wanting to tell every patient in the country about howRead More…

The Patient’s Perspective on eHealth Ireland’s Ecosystem.

Last month, I was both delighted, and honoured, to be invited to keynote the 4th National eHealth Ireland Ecosystem meeting, as chaired by the first CIO of the HSE,Mr Richard Corbridge. When I was told that this particular get together was focusing on an initiative called the “Lighthouse Project” my first thought was – “I can’t wait to see their projects!” and this was immediately followed by – “I wonder how the audience, who are working on much needed electronic health records in Ireland, will react when I tell them I developed paper based health records!?!” I also thought what an appropriate name for such projects – I thought of beingRead More…

Reassurance – Often written, rarely verbalised.

As I came in from another long day at work, my three girls (and three dogs, I might add!) all came running at me – just before I got a chance to glance at the post that had arrived that day. After seeing their happy faces and hugging them tightly, I felt so reassured that they were so happy, and that yet another day had gone by where I had gone to work and that they were still okay by the time I got home (don’t get me wrong my babysitter is amazing – it’s just a thing I think allRead More…