Partnership For Health Equity


Partnership For Health Equity

Title: Partnership for Health Equity

Acronym: PHE

Start Date: 2011

Principal Applicants: Professor Anne MacFarlane GEMS UL and Dr Austin O’Carroll, North Dublin City GP Training Programme

Collaborating Agencies: UL GEMS, North Dublin City GP Training Programme & HSE Social Inclusion (Ms Diane Nurse, Mr Tony Quilty, Mr Maurice Hoare) & Primary Care Services (Ms Alice McGinley)

UL Personnel:


The Partnership for Health Equity (PHE) is a unique collaboration of clinicians, medical educators, social scientists and healthcare policy makers and planners. The PHE is co-funded by University of Limerick, North Dublin City G.P Training Programme and the HSE’s Social Inclusion & Primary Care Services.

The aim of the PHE is to improve access to primary healthcare for marginalised groups, including homeless persons, drug users, travellers, migrants and others. To achieve this, the PHE is currently:

  • Working on education initiatives for medical students and trainee general practitioners on caring for these marginalised populations
  • Researching homelessness and its effects on health in Dublin and Limerick
  • Working with an existing general practice in Limerick to provide primary care for marginalised groups
  • Developing a GP low threshold service at two locations in Limerick City to gain an informed insight into policy and practice. These are located at the Ana Liffey Drug Project, The Fairgreen, Limerick and at the St Vincent DePaul Drop-in Centre, Hartstonge Street, Limerick.
  • Conducting an action research project on access to primary healthcare for marginalised groups within a primary care team/network setting in Limerick using participatory research techniques
  • Developing an information sharing website for those who provide primary healthcare to marginalised groups across the country
  • Disseminating information about and findings from PHE educational and research activities

There is no other collaboration of this kind in an Irish setting and it is anticipated that the research and educational outputs of this project and the wider work of the Partnership for Health Equity will have regional, national and international application and relevance.

Networking and dissemination activities for the PHE for 2014 are funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Award.