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CPIHD: A Networking Evening - Working with Migrants in Ireland

CPIHD: A Networking Evening - Working with Migrants in Ireland

  • 26 Mar, 2019
  • 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm
The Clockwork Door
Temple Bar

Presenter Name

Dr. Emer McGowan

Target Participant Level


Speciality Tag

Professional Issues

Number Of Contact Hours


Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

Non-ISCP Member €15 (Standard)
ISCP and CORU registered HSCP Members €10
( ISCP Member )
(ISCP Student Member )
CPIHD and North East Branch Members Free
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

Participants will be encouraged toexplore the experiences of health and social care professionals in Ireland of treating migrants including refugees and asylum seekers and engage with the topic through break-out small group discussion and debate to ensure all gain value from attendance.


At the conclusion of this study evening, participants will have an understanding of ;

  • the challenges facing migrants including refugees, asylum speakers and those living in direct provision in accessing health care services in Ireland
  • the importance of multidisciplinary work in ensuring high quqlity health care services for migrants in Ireland
  • the opportunities available for developing your skills to work more effectively with migrants in Ireland.

Event Description

CPIHD is an ISCP Clinical Interest Group for Physiotherapists that have an interest in working in the area of Global Health and Development, including those who would like to work abroad, are currently overseas, those who have just returned, or those that are interested in cross-cultural working in Ireland. 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.


As the migration crises continues in Europe, health care and rehabilitation needs of refugees challenge health systems in many countries. Despite their resiliency, many refugees have complex health needs that are a result of a cumulative trauma they experienced in their home countries, during their journey, or in the period of adjustment in their new country. Language, cultural differences, poverty, and lack of familiarity with the local environment and healthcare system are additional barriers that refugees face in accessing heath care. 

Presenter Profile

Dr. Emer McGowan

Dr McGowan graduated with a degree in physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2010. She worked clinically as a physiotherapist in New Zealand before returning to Trinity in 2013 to complete her PhD. Her doctoral research investigated leadership in the profession of physiotherapy in Ireland. Following completion of her PhD in 2017, Dr McGowan became a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Physiotherapy. Currently Dr McGowan is a Member of the Physiotherapy and Refugees Education Projectand is conducting research on physiotherapists’ experiences of working with refugees in Ireland.


An investigation of physiotherapists’ experiences of working with refugees in Ireland

The aim of this study is to investigate the experiences of physiotherapists working in acute hospitals in Ireland of treating refugees. In this study, a refugee is defined as “anyone who cannot return to their country for fear of persecution for one of the following five reasons: race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular group or political opinion” (Irish Refugee Council, 2018). Asylum seekers, i.e. people seeking protection as refugees who are waiting for the authorities to decide on their applications, will also be considered refugees for the purposes of this study.

This study has three main objectives:

  • To explore the experiences of physiotherapists in Ireland of treating refugees.
  • To investigate physiotherapists’ reported challenges of treating refugees.
  • To inform the development of education programmes that will provide information and strategies to aid the effective treatment of refugees for health professionals and students.


Participation in this study will involve a focus group with other physiotherapists and the researcher, Emer McGowan. Should you indicate your willingness to take part you will be contacted by the researcher by email to arrange for you to join a focus group. The focus groups will be scheduled to best suit the participants and will either be conducted in your workplace, another Dublin hospital or at the Trinity Centre for Health Science depending on which is most convenient to you. The focus group should last for roughly 45 minutes. This research project is a final year research project for four undergraduate students at Trinity College. Ethical approval for this study has been granted by the School of Medicine Level 1 Ethics Committee.

Cost to Attend

CPIHD & North East Branch Members - Free

ISCP and CORU registered HSCP members €10

Non-ISCP Members €15

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