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Dublin to Host International Conference on Economic Benefits of Rehabilitation



RehabCare in partnership with the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR) have announced details of an international one-day conference ‘Rehabilitation Pays’, which will take place in Dublin Castle on Thursday, 12th May 2005.

An Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD will officially open the conference which will explore current studies and practical examples of rehabilitation programmes both at home and abroad, with a particular focus on those programmes that deliver sound economic outcomes.

An impressive line-up of internationally renowned experts including Mr Wolfgang Zimmerman, Executive Director of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research, Canada, and Mr David McDaid of the London School of Economics, will debate issues such as the cost to society in funding versus not funding rehabilitation programmes, and the importance of early intervention in producing more effective and efficient rehabilitation outcomes.

Other speakers on the day will include Mr George Lee, Economics Editor, RTE; and Professor Ray Kinsella, University College Dublin. and Ms Maria Cronin, Director of European and Social Policy, IBEC.

The conference takes place in Dublin Castle, Dublin on Thursday, 12th May, and the registration fee is €195. The conference will be of particular interest to service providers, service users, rehabilitation specialists and health practitioners, as well as international policy makers, health economists, funders, employers and finance professionals.

For further information and to download a copy of the Conference Booking Form, visit www.rehabcare.ie

Applications must be received by Thursday, 5th May 2005.

ENDS

Notes to Editor

RehabCare is the health and social care division of the Rehab Group. It operates a wide variety of responsive health and social care services that reach into communities across Ireland and the UK. Each year, thousands of people of all ages and from all walks of life avail of these services, which include resource centres, centre and home-based respite care, outreach services and supported accommodation. (www.rehabcare.ie)

The European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR) is a network of leading European providers of rehabilitation services to people with disabilities and those who are disadvantaged. These include vocational training and reintegration into the workforce - as well as medical rehabilitation and social care. (www.epr.be)

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