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Croke Park Conference Centre, (Cusack Stand).

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The Health Research Board and the Department of Health will host the 2nd annual National Drugs Forum in Croke Park on 5th of November.

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Booking for this event is now closed. If you would like to put your name a waiting list please email DrugsForum@hrb.ie and we will get in touch with you if there any cancellations.

The theme of the forum is Inclusion Health: Responding to the complex health needs of people who use drugs. Minister of State with Responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD will open the forum. The day will begin with keynote talks from two experts in the area of Inclusion Health. Forum participants will then engage in a design thinking exercise focusing on a number of scenarios that represent the typical situations faced by prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, harm reduction or family support services.

Inclusion Health is an emergent approach to policy development, service delivery and research that seeks to explain the impact of inequality and marginalisation on health. It works towards preventing and redressing the health consequences of living as part of a vulnerable and excluded population, which faces barriers in accessing health services This includes people who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness, drug use, imprisonment, sex work or other adverse life experiences that have led to social exclusion and marginalisation.

Health and social interventions designed to improve physical and mental health and treat substance use must look beyond the specific needs of these populations defined by singular risk factors and seek to respond to the multiple and complex needs of socially excluded populations who have common intersecting characteristics and adverse life experiences such as childhood trauma and poverty.

Improved access to essential services for people harmed by exclusion will need better collaboration with the populations concerned. Co-production, which should underpin this collaboration, will also inform a research programme.

Provisional programme

9.00 Registration

9.45 10.00 Opening of Forum

10.00 10.40 Keynote 1

10.45 11.25 Keynote 2

11.30 11.45 Q&A

11.45 12.00 Outline of afternoon schedule

12.00 13.00 Lunch

13.00 15.00 Design thinking exercise

15.00 15.30 (Preparation of summaries from groups)

15.30 16.00 Presentation on table discussions

(To ensure wide participation in this event we would ask organisations to register a maximum of 3 people. Many thanks for your cooperation).

This year’s forum will begin with keynote talks from two experts in the area of Inclusion Health.

• Professor Andrew Hayward is Director of the University College London Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care and is UCL Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health. An important focus of Professor Hayward's work is research on Inclusion Health aiming to highlight the extreme disparities in health faced by homeless people, drug users, sex workers and prisoners and to develop and evaluate effective health services that can meet their needs.

• Dr Clíona Ní Cheallaigh is an infectious diseases and internal medicine physician in St James’s Hospital, Dublin, and Senior Lecturer in Medical Gerontology. Dr Ní Cheallaigh brings to TILDA clinical and research expertise in immunology, social determinants of health, health equity, and implementation. Her research seeks to look at the effect of socio-economic status/ psychosocial stress on ageing. Dr Ní Cheallaigh is also Clinical Lead of a pilot Inclusion Health Service in St James’s Hospital dedicated to improving access to specialist hospital care for homeless and other marginalized individuals.

Design thinking

Following the keynote talks forum participants will engage in a design thinking exercise. Design thinking is a technique for investigating complex problems. The idea is to reframe ill-defined problems by thinking about the person most effected by the problem and attempting to understand the needs of this person. One approach is to develop a persona with recognisable characteristics and around whom a solution can be developed through brainstorming and creating prototype solutions for testing.

What you will be doing

Your task is to discuss the situation that is outlined in the scenario and to work with the other members of the team to design a response to it. The scenario, for example may describe

• a difficulty somebody has to face as a result of their own drug use or that of a family member.

• a problem that a service provider or health worker has to deal within in their day-to-day work.

• the risk of drug-related harms resulting from a particular life experience or from a particular living, work or study environment.

The scenario includes a limited profile, or persona, of the person facing a particular problem. Before considering how you might respond to the situation described in the scenario, you should develop the persona further so that it is more meaningful for you.

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