Press Release

Minister O’Malley launches the “Limerick Physiotherapy Research Hub” in the University of Limerick

Mr Tim O’Malley, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today (8th May 2006) launched the “Limerick Physiotherapy Research Hub” in the University of Limerick.

The University of Limerick is the first Irish third level institution to become part of the National Physiotherapy Research Network (NPRN) which was developed by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK. The NPRN has just awarded the Department of Physiotherapy in the University of Limerick with the status as the first Irish Physiotherapy Research Hub.

The network’s broad aim is to provide a mutually supportive network to help develop physiotherapy and physiotherapy related research.

The Minister congratulated the Department of Physiotherapy and the University of Limerick on being the first to achieve this status and endorsed the broad aims of the network stating that it will increase the numbers involved in and amount of physiotherapy research in Ireland as well as increasing the profile of Irish research internationally.

The Minister paid tribute to all those involved in the initiative and said that “the success of the hub will be of benefit to physiotherapy professionals providing services in many settings” and that “it is important for the development of the profession that the initiative is successful”.

He also spoke about developments in therapy research by the Department of Health and Children and the Health Service Executive and highlighted that the Department has provided funding to the Health Research Board of €300,000 to broaden the therapy research agenda. Plans by the Health Service Executive to fund research into therapy clinical training were also outlined by the Minister.