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18 February 2003





Strengthening nursing links throughout Ireland will be discussed at a conference in Belfast on Thursday, 27 February.

One of the keynote speakers at the 5th Northern Ireland Community Nursing Network Conference will be Mary O’Neill, Community Nurse Advisor, Department of Health and Children, Republic of Ireland. rom at home and abroad.’

Ms O’Neill said: ‘Gathering together for this conference provides a perfect opportunity for networking and sharing experiences and knowledge with contemporaries both at home and abroad.’

As professionals we all have a significant role in passing on to colleagues the knowledge and skills that will help those working in the health services face the challenges that emerge in an ever-changing healthcare environment.’

The All Ireland Statement of Public Health and Nursing 2001 and the soon-to-be published Vision to Action 2003 is the outcome of collaborative work and action by nurses in the North and South working together and sharing apublic health vision.’

‘Collaborative processes assist with building bridges and developing links that enable nurses to work together and focus on public health issues for the benefit of people in the North and South of Ireland.’

The Northern Ireland Professional Officer for the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association, Briege Coyle welcomed the ‘building dialogue’ approach.

She said: ‘It is good that we can explore ways to improve public health for both the people of Northern Ireland and the Republic.’

Many of the causes of premature death and the determinants of ill-health are similar in both parts of the island, so it makes sense to share expertise on good practice and innovative policy developments, such as promoting breast feeding and smoking cessation.’



Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union