Oral Health Promotion Research Group - Irish Link

26 Sep 2003

Update on the Irish Link with Oral Health Promotion Research Group (OHPRG) – Launched 26th September 2003

The OHPRG was launched on the 26th September 2003 at a conference held in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon. Ms Patti Speedy of the EHSSB, chaired the morning session and Mr Seamus Mannion, Programme Manager Community Services, NWHB, officially opened proceedings. The meeting received words of support from Mrs Doreen Wilson, Chief Dental Officer, DHSSPS, and Dr Gerard Gavin, Chief Dental Officer, Department of Health & Children, ROI, addressed the group wishing them success.

Papers on recent evidence based work in Oral Health Promotion, were warmly received by a large audience of oral health professionals from across the Island of Ireland. Presentations included the background to the development of an Irish Link branch of the UK, OHPRG, presented by Dr Mary O’ Farrell; detailed information on the UK ‘Sure Start Programme’, presented by Ms Polly Munday, President Oral Health Promotion Research Group, UK; and the ‘Mighty Mouth’ initiative, presented by Ms Breeda Maher, Projects Manager, Dental Health Foundation, Ireland.

The afternoon session took the form of a workshop, on the formation of the ‘Irish Link Branch’, which was chaired by Dr Judi McGaffin, Director of Dental Health, Western Health and Social Services Board, NI and Ms Breeda Maher, Dental Health Foundation, Ireland. This session produced very important feedback and witnessed the formation of a steering committee, elected by participants to progress the work commenced in Roscommon and plan a follow-up seminar in Spring 2004. The Dental Health Foundation wishes, the group well and looks forward to the important contribution they will make to the promotion of oral health on the island of Ireland.

For further information please contact the newly elected Chairperson of the Steering Group, Dr Mary O'Farrell, Principal Dental Surgeon, at mary.o'farrell@nehb.ie.



From Left to right: Ms Polly Munday, President Oral Health Promotion Research Group, UK; Ms Breeda Maher, Projects Manager, Dental Health Foundation, Ireland; Ms Patti Speedy of the Eastern Health and Social Services Board; Dr Mary O’ Farrell, Principal Dental Surgeon, North Eastern Health Board;




From Left to Right: Ms Deirdre Sadlier, Execuitve Director, Dental Health Foundation, Ireland: Dr Matt Walsh, Principal Dental Surgeon, North Western Health Board; Ms Judi McGaffin, Director of Dental Health, Western Health and Social Services Board, NI; Mr Seamus Mannion, Programme Manager, Community Services, North Western Health Board; Dr Mary O’ Farrell, Principal Dental Surgeon, North Eastern Health Board;