About the Irish Student Health Association

The Irish Student Health Association (ISHA) is an organisation which serves as a forum in which members can discuss matters relevant to the provision, quality and effective management of student health care in Ireland.

It provides the opportunity to share ideas, discuss issues of common interest, and communicate best practice in relation to student health. Our members are drawn from the many different professions which contribute to medical care in the specialist field of third level education. 

At present our members are doctors, nurses and administrators. The Doctors group of the Irish Student Health Association is known as DASH and consists of all doctors (GP's) involved in health services in Third Level Education in Ireland. The Nurses Association is known as NASH and represents the nurses working in student health in Ireland. 

Membership of our organisation is free. Member are provided with email updates as well as website access. Members are also eligible to attend the annual conference and study days. Please contact irishstudenthealth@gmail.com if you would like to become a member.

President - Dr Aoife O'Sullivan, UCC

'President - Dr Aoife O'Sullivan, UCC' image Dr. Aoife O Sullivan was elected as President of ISHA at the 2019 AGM, having spent 3 years on the Executive Committee in the roles of CSSI Representative and Vice-President. She has been working in Student Health Service at UCC since 2005. Special interests - Eating Disorders, Health Promotion, Women's Health, Mental Health. » read more

 

Secretary - Liz O'Donoghue, UCC

'Secretary - Liz O'Donoghue, UCC' image Liz was elected to the role of ISHA Secretary at the 2019 AGM. Since 2015, she has been working as an Executive Assistant in the Student Health Dept of University College Cork. Her background qualifications include: Certificate in Counselling Skills and Higher Certificate in Arts in Counselling Skills from CIT; Diploma in Social and Psychological Health Studies from UCC. She has also worked as a volunteer with the Samaritans for 3 years. » read more

 

Treasurer - Patricia Brady, UCD

'Treasurer - Patricia Brady, UCD' image Patricia was elected to the position of ISHA Treasurer in 2018. She has worked as a Student Health Nurse for many years as part UCD Student Health Service. She also has a keen interest in Travel Health and is a member of the Travel Medicine Society of Ireland. » read more

 

Co-Treasurer - Sharon Lane, UCD

'Co-Treasurer - Sharon Lane, UCD' image Sharon was elected to the role of Co-Treasurer on the ISHA Executive Committee in 2018. She has worked in Student Health for many years in her role as an Administrator as part of the UCD Student Health Service. » read more

 

Executive Committee Member - Jessie Byrne, DCU

Jessie was first elected to the Executive Committee at the 2019 ISHA AGM. She has significant background experience working in Student Health, initially as a Nurse, but now occupying the role as Head of the Student Health Service for the Glasnevin & St Patrick's campuses of Dublin City University. » read more

 

Executive Committee Member - Dr Clare Kelly, DCU & TCD

'Executive Committee Member - Dr Clare Kelly, DCU & TCD' image Clare was first elected to the ISHA Executive Committee at the 2019 ISHA AGM. She is a General Practitioner, currently working as a Doctor as part of the Student Health services in two third level institutions, Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin. » read more

 

PRO - Dr Eoin Mac Donncha, NUIG

'PRO - Dr Eoin Mac Donncha, NUIG' image Dr. Eoin Mac Donncha has been working in Student Health since 2012 and has been a member of the ISHA Executive Committee in various roles since 2014. MB BCh BAO, DOWH, DCH, MICGP, PDipHSc. Dochtúir - Aonad Sláinte na MacLéinn, Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh / GP - Student Health Unit, NUI Galway. » read more

 

Assistant PRO - Theresa Lowry Lehnen (PhD), IT Carlow

'Assistant PRO - Theresa Lowry Lehnen (PhD), IT Carlow' image Nurse Practitioner and Associate Lecturer at Institute of Technology Carlow. Registered Teacher (Science). Qualifications: RGN, Post Graduate Coronary Care, Diploma Counselling, Diploma Psychotherapy, BSc (Hon's) Specialist Practitioner (General Practice Nursing), MSc Specialist Practitioner (General Practice Nursing), PGCE (QTS) Science, H. Dip. Ed, M. Ed, Level 9 special purpose award Emotional Intelligence (Psychology), PhD. » read more

 

Executive Committee Member - Karita Saar Cullen, TCD

'Executive Committee Member - Karita Saar Cullen, TCD' image Karita was first elected to the ISHA Executive Committee at the 2019 AGM. She has many years of experience in Student Health, working as a Physiotherapist in the College Health Service, Trinity College Dublin. » read more

 

Executive Committee Member - Sarah Hickey, CIT

Sarah was elected to the ISHA Executive Committee at the 2019 AGM. She currently works as a Student Health Nurse in Cork Institute of Technology. » read more