Dr Elaine Toomey recently attended the Global Evidence and Implementation Summit 2018 in Melbourne, thanks to a QUESTS conference/workshop funding bursary for its working group members. Elaine presented the findings of a qualitative evidence synthesis (QES) on healthcare professional and parental experiences of participating in and implementing infant feeding interventions and trials she led, and which was co-authored by two QUESTS researchers, Dr Catherine Houghton and Marita Hennessy.
More than 650 delegates from 40 countries attended the summit which focused on evidence synthesis and implementation science research and practice strategies for improving the lives of individuals, families and communities worldwide. Presentation slides from the conference are available here.
During her time in Australia, Elaine also won a silver medal for Ireland in the Tag Rugby World Cup 2018 with the Irish Senior Women’s team! The event took place in Coff’s Harbour in Australia from November 1-4th, with representation from 32 countries.
Elaine is a Postdoctoral Researcher within the Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, at NUI Galway. She is currently working on the Health Research Board-funded CHErISH study which aims to develop, implement and evaluate a pilot complex intervention to promote healthy infant feeding practices in primary care.