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Third International Conference of the Diabetes Self-Management Alliance

On behalf of the Organising Committee of the Third International Conference of the Diabetes Self-Management Alliance we have great pleasure in inviting you to Galway in the West of Ireland. Céad Míle Fáilte!

#DSMA2017 will be hosted by healthcare professionals, researchers and academics from across the NUI Galway and Galway University Hospitals campuses in association with our colleagues from the Steno Diabetes Center, the Leicester Diabetes Centre, colleagues in Northern Ireland and our colleagues in the Health Service Executive. The conference will take place in the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), NUI Galway on the 9th and 10th November 2017. This is the 3rd conference by this International Alliance and offers an important multi- and inter-disciplinary perspective in the area of patient education research, self-management support as well as research into prevention of diabetes and approaches to helping people living with diabetes (and other chronic diseases) better manage their condition.

The aims of the #DSMA2017 conference are:

  • To bring together leading researchers and clinicians from the field of diabetes self-management education (DSME) and diabetes self-management support (DSMS) to broadly disseminate research and try to address challenges and research needs in modern diabetes self-management and prevention
  • To establish and strengthen a research network and create opportunities for research collaboration in the area of DSME, DSMS and diabetes prevention by introducing the forum: The Diabetes Self-Management Alliance – An International Collaboration. The forum aims to discuss and develop ideas for new approaches in DSME, DSMS and prevention. The Alliance has already  published a paper entitled “Is diabetes self-management education still the Cinderella of diabetes care?” in Patient Education and Counseling which reflects on the current status of DSME as a branch of diabetology in Europe and discusses some opportunities for better supporting DSME delivery. For free access to the full-text of this article (until 14th October 2017) click on the following link:


We invite you to join us for a stimulating conference to be held in a collaborative atmosphere in the vibrant and welcoming city of Galway on Europe’s western margin. It will be the official European Capital of Culture in 2020. We promises a very exciting international event, providing an opportunity to bring together experts from all over the world to exchange ideas, information and the most up to date findings, allowing us to review current state of self-management support and prevention in diabetes (and other chronic diseases). So, don’t hesitate to come and get involved and register for what promises to be a fantastic conference!


Conference speakers confirmed to date include:

Dr O’Keeffe is National Director of Health and Wellbeing in the HSE. Dr O’Keeffe previously was the first Director of the new Health and Wellbeing Programme in the Department of Health where she led out on the development of Ireland’s first inter-sectoral population health framework, Healthy Ireland. Dr O’Keeffe is a former Director of the Crisis Pregnancy Programme where she worked for ten years. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in Psychological Research Methods and Assessment and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Surrey in the UK. Dr O’Keeffe will outline and launch the new National Framework for Self Management Support for Chronic Conditions.


Gráinne Flynn was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 20 years old in 1993. She lives in Co. Clare, is a stay at home mum of two school-aged children. She volunteers as a diabetes event organiser, a patient advocate and a diabetes blogger. Gráinne started volunteering with Diabetes Ireland in 2007 and helped to set up Diabetes Support Groups and Public Information Events on Diabetes in Clare. Through volunteering with Diabetes Ireland she was asked to redesign their logo and is responsible for the publication of the Irish Type 1 Diabetes Starter Kit; A Guide for Newly Diagnosed Adults. Her blog, Blood Sugar Trampoline, is a combination of her personal diary about living with type 1 diabetes in Ireland and a way to share information with others to help them on their own diabetes journeys. Gráinne is also one of the founding members of Thriveabetes; the first Irish type 1 diabetes conference organised by people with type 1 diabetes whose mission is to Inform, Motivate and Inspire all people living with diabetes. Gráinne will speak on the topic of “My Journey – A Person with Diabetes Empowered”.



Dr Hendrieckx is a clinical psychologist and a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes, Deakin University, Australia. Her major interest is in the psychological consequences of hypoglycaemia and perceptions of new treatments and technologies in people with type 1 diabetes. She was involved in developing the “Diabetes and Emotional Health Handbook and Toolkit”. This handbook aims to support health professionals to identify, address and communicate about emotional health during consultations with adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Click here to register for a free copy – It is complemented by a toolkit containing summary cards of several chapters, questionnaires, and leaflets for people with diabetes. She will speak on the topic of  “Addressing Emotional Health: a Skill that can be Learned”.



Molly is a Health Research Board Research Leader. Since January 2014 she has held a full-time research leadership role at the School of Psychology, where she directs the Health Behaviour Change Research Group. Within this group, she and her team apply behavioural science to the development and evaluation of complex interventions to promote healthy behaviour change within health services and to promote public health. All Molly’s research is done within multidisciplinary teams. Currently, Molly’s main research focuses are in: Diabetes and self-management; Cardiovascular disease and sexual health; Promotion of healthy infant feeding; Promotion of physical activity within pregnant women and others; Interventions targeting health professional behaviour change. Molly obtained an honours degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin (1994) and both a Masters degree in Health Psychology (1998) and a PhD (2003) from NUI, Galway. Molly joined the School of Psychology in NUI, Galway in July 2004 as Health Psychology Lecturer, where she has contributed to and directed the MSc in Health Psychology and Structured PhD in Psychology and Health.

We have finalised the Workshop options for both days. When you register you will be able to choose your workshop of choice.  We will do our upmost to accommodate everyone’s request.


To download the conference programme, click here.


To register for the Conference please follow the link on the programme, or log onto no later than the 6th October 2017.

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