World Osteoporosis Day  20th October 2015

World Osteoporosis Day  20th October 2015

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Daragh Rodger RGN, RNP, RANP, CDT, BSc (Hons) Nursing, MSc Nursing, Cert Nurse prescribing, Pg Cert Advanced Practice.

Daragh is a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Care of the Older Adult Community based in St Mary’s Hospital Phoenix Park. She has worked for many years in care of the older adult gaining experience across the care continuum - Community Care, Acute Care, Rehabilitation and Extended Care. She has been involved in many new initiatives including the setting up of a Nurse Led Healthy Ageing Clinic, St Mary’s Hospital, 2006 – an osteoporosis screening service including DXA scanning, bone health education and general health promotion. She recognised the need for an education resource on bone health and was the project lead on Bone Health in the Park. This work has been presented locally, nationally and internationally.She is on the management committee of the All Ireland Gerontology Nurses Association (AIGNA), a member of the Health Informatics Society of Ireland Nursing and Midwifery (HISINM) special interest group and is currently involved with the National Falls Strategy Implementation Working Group.Her interests include promoting healthy and active ageing, bone health, falls prevention, carers of older adults, dementia care and health informatics.

DARAGH RODGER

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Care of the Older Adult, Community

 

St Mary's Hospital

Phoenix Park

Dublin 20

Ireland

Email daragh.rodger@hse.ie

WELCOME TO BONE HEALTH IN THE PARK

Bone Health in the Park  comprises of a series of educational resources developed in response to a recognised gap in the area of bone health and falls awareness.

 

Osteoporosis affects 1:2 women over 50 and 1:5 men over 50. It is the leading cause of fractures in older persons following a fall. Osteoporosis can occur in the majority of cases as a result of poor bone health. 

 

Part 1 of Bone Health in the Park is our online education programme eBonehealth which is available to all visitors to the web site - follow this link to view 

 

Part 2 is Forever Autumn, Forever Autumn was developed and implemented in 2012 and is a falls prevention and management programme which introduces new measures and guidelines for staff working with older adults. 1:3 adults aged over 65 and 1:2 adults over 80 fall each year resulting in devastating effects to the quality of life and life itself of older adults.

The aim of Forever Autumn is to educate staff on how to reduce the incidence of falls for older adults. This web site will also host the Forever Autumn Community of Practice from mid April 2017.

 

The development of Bone Health in the Park was informed by the National Strategy to Prevent Falls and Fractures in our Ageing Population (2008).

 

National Major Trauma Audit Report  -  Published February 2018 follow link
Irish Hip Fracture Database National Report 2016 Published November 2017 follow link
Fragility Fracture Nursing Edited by Karen Hertz and Julie Santy-Tomlinson - Springer Open Book 2018 - Download
AFFINITY NATIONAL FALLS & BONE HEALTH SYMPOSIUM - DUBLIN CASTLE OCTOBER 30TH 2018
More information 
eBoneHealth

eBoneHealth 4 Part Programme

  • Introduction and Bone Growth

  • Bone Health Through the Ages

  • Osteoporosis

  • Falls Awareness

Spotlight On
Happy Bones

A suite of resources on the importance of healthy eating and exercise in clients with an intellectual disability

- meet Una and Paula as they each tell their story.

Happy Bones also includes Best Foot Forward - a focus on falls safety in the residential environment - meet Chrissie.

LINKS TO OTHER SITES 
EVENTS

NATIONAL FALLS STRATEGY, 2008

The National Strategy to Prevent Falls and Fractures in Our Ageing Population can be downloaded from this link

COLLAGE - COLLABORATION ON AGEING

COLLAGE, Collaboration on Ageing, is Ireland’s 3 Star Reference Site for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

IRISH OSTEOPOROSIS SOCIETY

The Irish Osteoporosis Society is a charity dedicated to reducing the incidence of Osteoporosis and promoting bone health. The IOS provides information to the public and health professionals on all aspects of the disease and offers support to people with Osteoporosis, their families, and everyone at risk from the disease.

IRISH HIP FRACTURE DATABASE

The IHFD is a collaborative venture backed by the Irish Gerontological Society and the Irish Institute for Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, which has developed in partnership with the ESRI/ HIPE and the HSE.

 

ALL IRELAND GERONTOLOGICAL NURSES ASSOCIATION

The All Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association (AIGNA) recognises that care for older people is provided in a mixed economy of care and that all older people, their families and significant others hold particular views (unique to their experiences) about the quality of care in different care settings. AIGNA is clear that excellence in quality of care is continuously being strived for by all care providers and that excellence exists across all care settings.

 

NURSING IN THE PARK WEB SITE

This is the dedicated nursing web site for St Mary's Campus in Phoenix Park, Dublin

HAPPY BONES

This web site has been developed by the Forever Autumn Community of Practice and is part of the educational programme for service users with an intellectual disability, carers and families 

Follow this link

Irish Gerontological Society Annual Conference 

September 27th – 29th Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan

Irish Osteoporosis Society Annual Conference 

20th October 2018 Trinity College Dublin

Falls, Frailty & Polypharmacy and Sarcopenia International Conference - Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing

 1st February 2019,  St James Hospital, Dublin