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Praxis Care Conference in City North, Gormanstown – What the future holds for Disability Services



“How to prepare for a changed future” 

Praxis Care is running a Conference in the City North Hotel, Gormanston, on the 9th November 2016.

This year the conference will be discussing the future of disability services in a period of unprecedented change. The conference will look at this important question from the perspective of policy makers, providers, HSE and people and their families. Finian McGrath T.D. Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability Services will open the conference. There are a number of experienced speakers from the practice and family perspective and comparisons from England.  

The conference is part of Praxis Care’s work to raise awareness of important policy questions which must be answered if the real needs of people with disabilities, especially those with complex needs, are to be met in the future.

Conference programme – Wednesday 9th November 2016 City North Hotel

09.00-09.30       Registration

09.30 -09.45      Welcome & Opening Remarks

Nevin Ringland CEO, Praxis Care; and

Senator John Dolan, Independent Senator & CEO, Disability Federation of Ireland (Chair)

09.45-10.00       Mr Finian McGrath T.D

Minister for State at the Department of Social Protection, Justice and Equality and Health with Special Responsibility for Disability

10.00-11.15       Where people will live & what they will do

Deirdre Carroll, Independent Disability Policy Analyst

“Disability Policy – Making it happen in the future”

Anne Melly, HSE. Chair, New Directions National Implementation Group    The future of day services”

Kevin Salter, Assistant Director, Praxis Care England

“Personal budgets in England – Lessons learnt”

Questions and Discussion

11.15-11.45   TEA/COFFEE

11.45-12.30 Managing Change and Regulation in the Future

Ann Judge, Management & Organisation Development Consultant

“ How to Effect  Change  in Health and Social  Care Services”          

  Ivan Cooper. Director of Advocacy,  The Wheel

Transparency and Regulation:The Challenge for  the Future”          

  12.30-13.00   What the Future Holds for People & Families

   Jacinta Walsh, Parent  of Praxis Care Service  User

Families, Their Hopes for The Future”             

Questions and Discussion

13.00-13.10   Closing Remarks      

 Carol Breen, Director Praxis Care

If you are interested in attending email clodaghconlon@praxiscare.ie  or telephone  041 6871904 

Closing date for registration is 27th October 2016.


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