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Family carers encouraged to attend national conference on acquired brain injury


Family carers encouraged to attend national conference on acquired brain injury

Conference offers brain injury carers opportunity to learn and to be pampered

Family carers who care for a loved one with acquired brain injury are being encouraged to attend a national ‘carers conference’ next week in Croke Park.
The conference Building Resilience: Valuing myself as a carer takes place next Wednesday (February 15th) and aims to provide family carers with greater levels of practical knowledge and understanding of brain injury.

Organised by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, there will be expert speakers and workshops on legal issues, minding yourself, managing stress and memory challenges.

The conference will be addressed by the Minister for Health Simon Harris and facilitated by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan. A Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Eddie Murphy, psychologist with RTE’s Operation Transformation.

Important issues for carers, the challenges they face and what actions government needs to take will be set out by the CEO of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Barbara O’Connell.

During the day practical and helpful workshops for carers will be run including:

• What you need to know about legal issues, Solicitor Ann McGarry
• What you need to know about minding yourself and managing stress, Dr, Caroline McGrath and Teresa O’Boyle, ABI Ireland
• What you need to know about attention and memory challenges, Dr. Brian Waldron.

There will also be pampering and relaxation facilities for carers and a performance by the High Hopes choir which is made up of homeless people. There will also be prizes in recognition of the contribution that carers and families make in communities. There is a registration fee of €10.

ABI Ireland CEO Barbara O’Connell said the conference will also be an informative, social and fun event and she encouraged anybody across the country, who cares for someone with an acquired brain injury, to attend: “As well as dealing with the serious issues, the day will also include plenty of opportunities for carers and families to meet with other family members and also to experience a little on-site pampering! “

To find out more go to, or call 01 280 4164. Commentary from the conference can be followed on Twitter via the hashtag #valueme.

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