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You can view webcasts from the keynote presentations given at the 2016 conference. These links below will bring you to the UCC School Of Nursing and Midwifery Panopto pages.

Practising Mad Movement Solidarity through Allied Scholarship and Organizational Struggle - Kathryn Church


Presented Wednesday 9 November 2016 at 09:45


A Story about John - Jonathan Gadsby


Presented Wednesday 9 November 2016 at 12.15


Beyond the Biomedical Model: Dangers and Opportunities - Lucy Johnstone


Presented Wednesday 9 November 2016 at 14.15


Survivor Alliances with Mental Health Workforce: Political Possibilities or a Poisoned Chalice? - Mick McKeown


Presented Thursday 10 November 2016 at 09.45


Recovery and Crisis in Post Welfare Societies. - Brigit McWade


Presented Thursday 10 November 2016 at 10.30


For more information on this, and previous conferences please visit http://www.ucc.ie/en/nursingmidwifery/conferences/

Programme Schedule

Please see the download section for the program schedule.


The conference is now almost fully booked with 500+ delegates each day. If you are no longer able to attend, or if you are changing your registration days, please let us know immediately by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can offer your place to someone else. Please do not re-confirm your registration if you are attending.


Please bring your email booking confirmation slip to the registration desk on the morning of your attendance. If you are attending both days, you only need to register on Wednesday.

Registration starts at 8.00 am on Wednesday, with the conference starting at 9.30 am sharp.

For those who are attending on Thursday only, registration starts at 8.30 am with the conference starting at 9.30 am sharp.

WiFi Availability

If you are a university student or work at a university, you should be able to pick up eduroam on your WiFi setting (access by using the username and password assigned by your home institution). For those who do not that availability, a guest WiFi has been set (this will work during the two conference days only):

Username:   mh9nov16

Password:   6DnnHW3G

Getting to Brookfield

Check http://www.ucc.ie/en/visitors/getting-here/ See attached map. Brookfield Health Sciences Complex map reference is No13 Grid C7.

Live streaming of keynote presentations

To accommodate all the registered delegates, the keynote presentations will be streamed from the main lecture theatre to other rooms in Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (BHSC). Seating operates on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, so if the main lecture theatre, where the key note is held, is full you will be directed to the other rooms.

Concurrent presentations/workshops

There are 26 concurrent presentations/workshops scheduled across the two days. Venue name, room number e.g. BHSC G04 are followed by a figure e.g. (120). The latter refers to the maximum number of people the workshop can accommodate. There is no pre-registration for the workshops, so if a workshop is full, please go to another one. Most concurrent presentations/workshops are held in BHSC, with two concurrent presentations/workshops scheduled for WGB (Western Gateway Building), a 2-minute walk across the footbridge between BHSC and WGB (building No81 Grid C6 on the map).

Lunch Venues

As the conference takes place during the academic year, the local restaurants, Brookfield Restaurant and WGB restaurant will be extremely busy. Please use other nearby facilities (see Book of Abstracts for details) or bring a packed lunch.

Book of Abstracts

The Book of Abstracts has been emailed to you. The programme schedule and the Book of Abstracts will also be available on www.cvni.ie  http://www.ucc.ie/en/nursingmidwifery/news/ and on www.ucc.ie/en/appsoc in advance of the conference. Due to the conference’s limited budget (see below) we would ask you to bring a printed copy of the programme schedule and the Book of Abstracts with you to the conference. There will only be a limited number of printed copies of the conference programme and the Book of Abstracts at the registration desk.


As you may know, one of the unique features of this annual conference is that it is a free event, supported by a very small budget. Since 2013, following delegates’ enquiries about making donations, there has been a donation box at the registration desk. Please feel free to contribute if you wish (either cash or cheque made payable to CVNI to be lodged into the CVNI conference account). We do not accept donations which compromise the ethos and values of the conference.


Please see attached visitor parking PDF. Parking is difficult. The best and cheapest place to park is next to the Kingsley Hotel on the Carrigrohane Road. From there it is a 10 minute walk to Brookfield via the footbridge at the back of the Western Gate Way Building No81 Grid C6 on the map.


Check http://www.uccconferencing.ie/walking-distance/ Accommodation around Western Road is within 15 minute walk of Brookfield.

If you have any queries, please contact either Lydia Sapouna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 021 4903495, or Harry Gijbels at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 021 4901551.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Kathryn Church & Danielle Landry,

Both from the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University, Canada, and two of the main contributors at the conference, are also facilitating master classes.

UCC Cork 11th November

Please find masterclass presentation HERE

Further readings can be found HERE and HERE

Online Resources are found HERE, HERE and HERE

Programme Overview now Available for the 8th Critical Perspectives’ Conference in University College Cork on 9 and 10 November

 Click HERE for more details

This year’s theme is CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON AND BEYOND ACTIVISM AND ACTS OF RESISTANCE…’ We have over 300 people registered so far. As always, we have a very exciting line up of key note speakers with Kathryn Church, Director and Associate Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University in Toronto; Jonathan Gadsby, a mental health nurse and a founder member of the Critical Mental Health Nurses’ Network; Lucy Johnstone, consultant clinical psychologist, author and trainer, Mick McKeownis a mental health nurse, researcher and trade union activist working to build alliances with survivor groups and Brigit McWade, sociologist researching and teaching aspects of mental health. New this year is a panel discussion with Cork activists Rory Doody, Recovery Advocate; Joan Hamilton, Sli Eile; Mary Maddock,MindFreedomIreland; Pat Bracken, freelance critical psychiatristIn addition, there will be the usual concurrent workshops across the two days.

To book a place email Harry Gijbels This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and give your name, and indicate the day(s) you wish to attend (either Wednesday 9 NovemberThursday 10 November, or both days). Booking will be confirmed by return email. Registration: Please bring the booking confirmation slip with you to the conference registration desk on the day(s) you are attending.


Further details can be found here. Full programme up within next few weeks.


Look forward seeing you in Cork.


Lydia Sapouna and Harry Gijbels