Biography: Graduated from Mary Immaculate College Limerick with an honours degree in Irish and Geography, completing undergrad thesis in Health Geography under the supervision of Dr. Brendan O Keefe. Commenced Research Masters in NUI Maynooth in September 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Ronan Foley.
Research Interests: Health Geography, Medical Geography, GIS, European Health Models, Health Planning, Healthcare Analysis and Health (A&E) Centralization, Politics of Healthcare in Ireland.
Thesis title: Access to acute health care in Co. Tipperary
Description: Looking at healthcare changes in Ireland over the last 20 years right up to current system and how politics has influenced the rate of change. Main focus is on centralization of acute care units in Co. Tipperary to Co. Limerick and how this will affect patients in rural areas of Tipperary especially having to go further afield for basic care. Using foreign health models and examples as well as looking at past mistakes in Ireland- with this research, I hope to draw to a conclusion that the current health system and health model has both benefits and downfalls for society. This will take into account also advancements in community care as well as mapping of the new Irish Health Service using GIS.
Supervisor: Dr. Ronan Foley
Presentations: ‘Access to acute health care in Co. Tipperary', Irish Geography Postgraduate Training Consortium, Glencree, Co. Wicklow (2011)