2nd International ETNA Conference
Department of Nursing and Midwifery
University of Limerick

30 June - 1 July 2011 - Limerick, Ireland

Let’s learn together, let’s work together:
Challenges and solutions for Transcultural
health and social care

The 2nd European Transcultural Nursing Association International conference was convened by the European Transcultural Nursing Association (ETNA) and was hosted by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, Ireland. Ireland was an ideal place to host such a conference as it has seen a rapid and unprecedented change to the demographic profile of its population over the past ten years. Ireland is now far more diverse in terms of culture, race and ethnicity than it was during the greater part of the twentieth century. This cultural and ethnic diversity has significantly enriched the fabric of social, economic and cultural life in Ireland. However, it also presents many challenges for Irish society to adapt to an increasing multicultural population and integrate migrants into mainstream society. Such challenges are not exclusive to Ireland, however, the rapid and unprecedented changes to its demographic profile and its political and socio-economic history suggest that the challenges faced by Irish society are multifaceted and constitute possible barriers to integration. Historically, Ireland’s relative homogeneity as a nation has been reflected in their health services and the training of health and social care professionals, suggesting the need for an approach that addresses the more diverse needs of their growing multicultural population. This conference allowed an opportunity for delegates to learn with and from health and social care professionals with varying experiences and from diverse backgrounds, reflecting a truly international and interdisciplinary perspective of approaches to promoting transcultural health and social care.

The title of the conference was “Let’s learn together, let’s work together: Challenges and solutions for Transcultural health and social care” and the themes were:

  1. Transcultural care and multidisciplinary teams
  2. Globalisation, European mobility and transcultural care
  3. Innovations in cultural competence in health and social care practice
  4. Innovative methods which promote intercultural education

Over the duration of the conference these themes provided an opportunity for delegates to be informed by and to engage in dialogue with colleagues from over 26 countries with diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences in health and social care. This reflects a truly international and interdisciplinary perspective of approaches to promoting transcultural health and social care in education and healthcare practice. A very high standard of papers were presented, which provided opportunities for networking and sharing of experiences, innovations and expertise.

The conference organising committee were privileged to have the following keynote speakers clearly reflecting a truly interdisciplinary approach to transcultural health and social care:

  • Joseph R. Betancourt, An Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, USA;
  • Philip Watt, former CEO of the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism (NCCRI), Ireland;
  • Professor David Ingleby, a Professor of Intercultural Psychology, The Netherlands;
  • Professor Irena Papadopoulos, Head of a Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health, United Kingdom.

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