As you may know, the College Annual Conference takes place in the Convention Centre in Dublin over two days on Friday May 03 and Saturday May 04. The programme is now online and has a very impressive line-up of speakers.  The topics covered address almost the full range of everyday General Practice matters. To view the programme and register click here.

You will agree, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the country, learn from expert speakers and also have time for socialising and relaxing on both Friday and Saturday evening. Click here for YouTube videos on some of the conference highlights. Keynote speakers for Friday include Dr Liam Farrell and Prof Frank Murray. Prof Mayur Lakhani , president of the Royal College of General Practitioners will give an address on General Practice, Past , present and future. The College Forum Shaping a Healthier Future for General Practice. With the new GP contract agreement on its way, the College Forum on Saturday is very topical. Presented by Dr Michael Harty, GP, TD and Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, Dr Mark Murphy GP and journalist Priscilla Lynch.

Educational and wellbeing themes include:

  • College’s Clinical Leads have deliver sessions on COPD, Asthma, Diabetes , Cardiovascular Disease and Antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Dr Mary Short,  Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health has convened a very interesting schedule of topics, including a debate upon Is the pill obsolete?”.
  • Dr Andree Rochfort continues the College’s commitment to GP self-care and wellbeing including interactive workshops on resilience, mindfulness and peer support.

Health Inequalities will be the focus of Dr Austin O’Carroll’s Gertrude Ronan Foundation Lecture on Saturday morning.

The College’s AGM will be held on Saturday afternoon. For more information, please click here.

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I hope you will be able to attend some if not all of the Annual Conference. It is a unique opportunity to listen and learn, meet colleagues and contribute to the work of the College.

I would like also to request you to promote the event among your colleagues and their practices and I look forward to meeting you at the conference.

Dr Tony Cox,
Medical Director of the ICGP