What is CPIHD?

After over two and a half years of work behind the scenes, the Chartered Physiotherapists in International Health and Development (CPIHD) has been established within the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. The group has been set up for physiotherapists and healthcare professionals who hold an interest in this area.

As an ISCP interest group, the majority of the CPIHD will be made up of physiotherapists.

However, in order for the CPIHD to achieve its full potential, it is imperative that there is a multidisciplinary approach from the outset. Thus, the group openly welcomes and is recruiting members from other healthcare professions, including occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and dietitians, to enhance our growing interest group and network.

Some of the group’s aims include:

  • To be a resource for knowledge sharing, advocacy, and networking for physiotherapists and healthcare professionals with an interest in International Health and Development
  • To provide support for any member with an interest in International Health and Development through sharing resources, educational events, and access to skills and support within the network, including professionals and students
  • To promote the importance of recording professional and personal development for physiotherapists and healthcare professionals when going to work abroad, whilst abroad and on return
  • To raise the profile of the work of physiotherapists and healthcare professionals in international health and development within the society and professional organisations, nationally and internationally

Committee

Meet our committee for 2018/19!
Maca Hourihane

Maca Hourihane

Research Officer

Maca began working as a physiotherapist in 1982 and has worked in humanitarian assistance since 1985. She has field experience across Eastern Europe and Africa, and is currently a Regional Volunteer Migration Coordinator for the Irish Red Cross.

Fiona Craven

Fiona Craven

Committee Member

Fiona is a senior Speech and Language Therapist with over 12 years of clinical experience. She currently works with both paediatric and adult clients with communication difficulties and is studying for an MSc with Sheffield University. She has worked in Guyana for 18 months with VSO and is a member of the CHEEERS: Developing Healthcare Together Board of Trustees.

David Kennedy

David Kennedy

Communications Officer

David is a physiotherapist who works in St James's Hospital. He graduated from UCD in 2016 and has recently completed an MSc. David has travelled to Uganda on three occasions, in a variety of roles. In April 2018, he was a team leader for the CHEEERS: Developing Healthcare Together project in Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda.

Ailís O'Dea

Ailís O'Dea

Committee Member

Ailís is an Occupational Therapist, who graduated from Trinity College in 2015. Since then she has worked in Peamount Healthcare across a variety of settings. This year she travelled to Uganda as part of the CHEEERS team, working to provide education to staff and nursing students on preventing pressure injuries and the importance of sitting patients out on appropriate seating systems.