AIGNA 10th Annual Conference

Celebrating Advances in Older Persons Nursing

3rd May 2018, Clayton Hotel, Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Co Galway

This year marks  the 10th Anniversary of the establishment of the All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Celebrating Advances in Older Persons Nursing’.

The All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association (AIGNA) is the voice of Gerontological nursing in Ireland. Our aim is to promote healthy ageing and well-being of older adults through the advancement of excellence in nursing. The well-being of older adults is at the heart of our person-centred agenda.

The Conference line up of speakers is a positive indicator of the excellence of work and advances in older persons nursing and we are delighted to welcome to the platform on the 3rd May 2018, Professor Brendan McCormack, who was one of the founding members of AIGNA and an established expert within the field of gerontological nursing.


Opening Address

Professor Brendan McCormack: Head of the Division of Nursing/Head of QMU Graduate School, Associate Director, Centre for Person-centred Practice Research School of Health Sciences Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. Brendan will present on: ‘Advances in Gerontological Nursing over the past 10 years’.


Key Note Speakers

Ms Mary Manning:

RGN MSC, General Manager, National Dementia Office, the National Dementia Strategy Office has the overall responsibility for implementing the national dementia strategy.  Mary will present on ‘The National Dementia Strategy: Charting Progress and Outlining Future Plans’.


Ms Helen Rochford-Brennan:  In July 2012, Helen aged 62, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She is Chair of the Irish Dementia Working Group, which is resourced by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.  Helen has used her time with the Irish Dementia Working Group to raise awareness of dementia and raise the profile of human rights for people with dementia.


Dr Elizabeth Weathers:  Currently works as a Lecturer in Nursing at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland – Medical University Bahrain, where she lectures on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

She will present on ‘Connectedness and Meaningful Living in Older Adulthood’.


Ms Daragh Rodger: Advanced Nurse Practitioner: RGN, RNP, RANP.  She will present on ‘The Role of the Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Gerontological Nursing’.


Ms Lorraine McNamee: Project Officer, based in Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Dublin North. She will give a short presentation on the role of AIGNA in advancing older persons nursing over the last 10 years.


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