Head of Health Programmes with Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac & Stroke Foundation, Qualifications: BA, MPsychSc, PhD, CPsychol, PsSI
Nurse Lead with Croí Third Age Mayo Project
Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac & Stroke Foundation, has been campaigning and fundraising for cardiac services in the West of Ireland and delivering health promotion programmes in the community since 1985. Our mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery and well-being. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of illness and death in Ireland. Our chances of developing a heart condition or having a stroke are greatly affected by a wide range of factors known as risk factors; some that we cannot control, like our age, and some that we can control, like getting regular exercise. Heart disease and risk factors for heart disease and stroke are quite high in the farming community. There are many good reasons for this, such as the demands and stresses of farming. Croí is involved in this project to assess risk factors in this group, provide support and information to promote heart health and explore the impact of farm succession planning on farmers' health.
The Croí Health Team is a multidisciplinary group of specialists in the prevention of heart disease and stroke. Dr Lisa Hynes, a psychologist and the Croí Head of Health Programmes and Madeline Rabbitt, the Nurse Lead for Croí Mayo activities, have been working on the Béal Átha na Muice Farm Succession and Well Being Project, representing the Croí Health Team.
Madeline and Lisa will be responsible for the project's physical and mental well-being element, conduct the farmer review and interviews, and support the OG in terms of feedback and other interventions that must be introduced.