09 Aug 2022

International experts to speak at Waterford event on mental health and physical activity

Conference to be opened by President of Waterford IT Willie Donnelly


Physical activity is among the strongest predictors of health for people with mental illnesses.

An information event for clinicians, carers and service users on the topic of ‘best practice in physical activity implementation in mental health care’ will take place in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) on Monday, July 16.

Physical activity is among the strongest predictors of health for people with mental illnesses, but often under-utilised as a therapeutic resource in mental health care.

Monday’s event will feature talks from international experts in the field, and health services management tasked with implementing physical activity strategy.

They include: Dr Simon Rosenbaum (Senior Research Fellow in the School of Psychiatry UNSW Australia and Director of Exercise and Sport Science Australia); Dr Wolfgang Schebesch-Ruf, (post doctoral researcher at the Institute of Sport Sciences, University of Graz, Austria); Evan Matthews (Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Nursing and Health Care, WIT); Dr Derval Howley (Area Lead for Health and Wellbeing, HSE).

The event, which is due to be opened by President of WIT Willie Donnelly, is being organised by Evan Matthews (PhD Student - Department of Nursing and Health Care and Dr Suzanne Denieffe (Dean of the School of Humanities).

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