Press Release

Minister Brady launches Open Week ‘Keeping Active and Enjoying Life’ organised by the National Rehabilitation Hospital, in partnership with Ability Matters in Waterford

Áine Brady, T.D., Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, today (28 June 2010) officially launched an Open Week entitled ‘Keeping Active and Enjoying Life’ organised by the National Rehabilitation Hospital, in partnership with Ability Matters in Waterford.

The aim of this week is to provide information and practical advice to an aging population on a variety of topics such as “Keeping Well, Ageing and General Health”, “Living with Diabetes”, “Living with Limb Loss”, “Life after Stroke “, and ” Joint Pain and Arthritis”. Each day will start with a Consultant/Specialist introducing the day and giving a talk covering various medical/psychological aspects; also present will be Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, a Social Worker, a Dietician and Prosthetists and Orthotists. These will provide information and an opportunity for informal discussion and advice.

Ability Matters is a rehabilitation clinic founded by Opcare, one of Europe’s leading healthcare providers. The NRH and Ability Matters are strategic partners. Ability Matters provides a wide range of rehabilitative services, including prosthetic, orthotic, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and a sports injury rehabilitation clinic. A key feature of the approach of the Ability Matters clinic is the use of high definition video conferencing, which enables the rehabilitation consultant in the NRH to review patients in Waterford. This allows patients to be seen by a Consultant, without the need to travel to Dunlaoghaire.

Speaking at the opening of the week, Minister Brady said “The vision, being realised today between the NRH and Ability Matters has resulted in a strategic, and very practical, partnership between both organisations. It is more important than ever, in the current economic climate, that such partnerships are encouraged and supported at every opportunity. They bring specific expertise, from different sources, to the field of Irish healthcare, and this can result in tangible benefits not only for users, but also eases pressures on their families. I would hope that the success of this partnership will encourage other providers to pursue a similar path in the future”.