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


Vice-President- Moira O Loughlin, UCD

'Vice-President- Moira O Loughlin, UCD' image Vice-President - Moira O Loughlin, UCD. Moira was elected to the role of Vice-President at the Irish Student Health Association conference 2020. Moira is a business graduate of the University of Limerick who worked as a Business Director in Advertising before joining the Student Health administration team in UCD in 2005. Special areas of interest include internal communications and student support initiatives. » read more


PRO - Dr Clare Kelly, TCD

'PRO - Dr Clare Kelly, TCD' image Dr Clare Kelly is a GP working at Trinity College Student Health Centre. She originally trained at UCD and is a graduate of the Sligo GP training scheme. She has been working at TCD since 2018 and a member of ISHA since 2019. Clare was first elected to the ISHA Executive Committee at the 2019 AGM and to the role of PRO at the ISHA 2020 Conference. » read more


Executive Committee Member - Sarah Hickey, CIT

'Executive Committee Member - Sarah Hickey, CIT' image Sarah who works as a Student Health Nurse at CIT was elected to the ISHA Executive Committee at the 2019 AGM. She qualified with a Diploma in Nursing from DCU / Beaumont Hospital in 2001 and completed a BSc Nursing at RCSI in 2006. Her interests include health promotion and sexual health. Sarah completed a programme in sexual health promotion with the HSE in 2018 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sexual Health Advising with Staffordshire University in 2019. She graduated as an RNP in 2020. » read more


Executive Committee Member - Dr Serena O Connell, NUIG

'Executive Committee Member - Dr Serena O Connell, NUIG' image Dr Serena O Connell was elected to the ISHA Executive Committee at the 2020 AGM. Serena currently works as a GP in the Student Health Centre in NUIG. Having graduated in Medicine from NUIG in 2006 and following her internship year, Serena worked in Emergency Medicine in Ireland and Australia for a number of years where she gained significant experience across a vast number of specialities. Serena entered the Ballinasloe GP Training scheme in 2010, graduating as a GP (MICGP) in 2014. » read more


Executive Committee Member - Lisa Cryan, UCD

'Executive Committee Member - Lisa Cryan, UCD' image Lisa was elected to the ISHA Executive Committee at the 2020 AGM. She is a full time Nurse in UCD Student Health Services and has worked there since 2017. Lisa qualified with a BSc General Nursing from Trinity College Dublin in 2012. Her special interests include Sexual Health, Contraception and Women's Health. » 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


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


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