HSE Social Inclusion hosts Intercultural Health Seminar and launches HSE National Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Training Resource

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L-R: Todd Prevost, Sonas; Sonya Logan, Sonas; Diane Nurse, HSE National Social Inclusion Office; Ruth Armstrong, HSE National Social Inclusion Office; Cristina Hurson, formerly of Sonas; Fiona Ryan, Sonas; Siobán O’Brien Green, Irish Hospice Foundation; Caroline Doyle, HSE Cork/Kerry Community HealthCare

Colleagues from around the country recently gathered for an Intercultural Health seminar organised by the National Social Inclusion Office. The aim of the seminar was to highlight the Intercultural Health work taking place within the HSE or funded through the HSE. It provided an opportunity for coming together to learn about existing initiatives and to show case resources recently developed.

The programme featured 15 speakers providing insight to a wide variety of Intercultural Health work around the country including:

HSE Social Inclusion (Diane Nurse, Tony Quilty), HSE Model of In-reach Primary Healthcare for Programme Refugees (Angela Joy) HSE Balseskin Primary Care Service (Dr PJ Boyle), HSE Mobile Health Screening Unit (Dr Fiona O’Reilly), HSE Ballaghaderreen EROC Model (Keith Downey and Harold Slok),Jesuit Refugee Service Balseskin Fáilte Project (David Moriarty and Áine Lambe), Sonas Domestic Sexual and Gender Based Violence Training Programme (Todd Prevost, Sonya Logan and Fiona Ryan), Promoting the Mental Health of Refugees and Protection Application populations (Patricia Bourke), Report of the HSE Working Group to develop a model for the implementation of trained interpreters in the Irish healthcare system, Limerick: University of Limerick (Dr. Anne MacFarlane), and Smashing Times Theatre for Positive Mental Health (Mary Moynihan).

The Seminar also provided an opportunity to launch the HSE National Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Training Resource- Recognising and Responding to Victims of DomesticDSGBV training resource manual image, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (DSGBV) in Vulnerable or At-Risk Communities Manual. This manual was developed by the HSE National Social Inclusion Office in partnership with Sonas. It draws from and builds on the HSE Practice Guide on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence: For staff working with children and families (Health Service Executive, 2012).

In 2016, the HSE National Social Inclusion Office commissioned a national training programme to support front-line HSE staff to develop the skills to recognise and respond to victims of DSGBV in vulnerable or at-risk communities. The tender was awarded to Sonas, the largest provider of front-line services to women and children experiencing domestic abuse in the greater Dublin region. To date 34 participants have attended two Train the Trainer programmes delivered by Sonas with a further train the trainer programme due to be rolled out later this year.

Speaking after the launch, Social Inclusion Lead Diane Nurse said “I extend sincere thanks to Ruth Armstrong (HSE) and Cristina Hurson (Sonas) for their commitment to the development of this resource. We are very grateful to the practitioners who shared their expertise and material, in particular Siobán O’Brien Green. Specifically designed to be an easy-to-use resource and complement the training programme, we hope that this manual will support front-line staff in their work to improve responses to DSGBV within the HSE”.

Last updated on: 03 / 04 / 2019