National Conference On Stroke To Be Held In Cashel Today

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A major National Conference on Stroke, hosted by the South Tipperary Stroke Communication Group, is taking place today at the Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel. The Conference is an opportunity to hear from professionals and stroke survivors and to hear of new developments in the area of innovations for persons with spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions.

One of the keynote speakers will be Professor Joe Harbison, Associate Professor and Head of Discipline of Medical Gerontology in Trinity College Dublin & Stroke Physician in St James’s Hospital in Dublin and Clinical Lead of the Irish National Audit of Stroke. Other speakers will include Chris Macey, Director of Advocacy and Patient Support at the Irish Heart Foundation, Ronan Langan, Clinical Lead of the DCU Exoskeleton Programme, Raisa Pokrovskaya from HealingHand Tech and 3 stroke survivors  including organiser Martin Quinn will also address the event.

Mr Quinn, says that it is a very important event to highlight both advancements in the quality of stroke care and the lack of State support for Patient Support Services as provided by the Irish Heart Foundation. Out of a total cost of €1.24 million a year to operate the service, it is receiving just €130,000 a year in statutory funding. The Conference will run from 9:30am to 1:30pm, and there will also be a range of information provided from different stands on the day.