We are delighted to invite you to attend and register for the largest world-wide conference dedicated to work related aggression and violence within the health and social services sector: the 5th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector.

Work related aggression and violence within the health and social services sector is a major problem which diminishes the quality of working life for staff, compromises organizational effectiveness and ultimately impacts negatively on the provision and quality of care. These problems pervade both service settings and occupational groups.

Considerable attention and advancements in addressing this problem have been achieved from educational, research, practice, service and organizational perspectives nationally and internationally. Following four successful conferences in 2008 and 2010 in Amsterdam (Netherlands), in 2012 in Vancouver (Canada), and in 2014 in Miami (Florida, US) the 5th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, will take place in Dublin, Ireland, from the 26th till the 28th of October 2016. In addition to raising awareness the 2016 conference will provide a platform to share international developments, with a particular emphasis on best practice research and initiatives to effectively respond to the problem.




The specific aims of the conference are:

Approval for awarding International Continuing Nursing Education Credits (ICNEC’s) will be sought from the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

All delegates attending the conference will receive a book of proceedings (about 400-500 pages) which includes either abstracts and/or full papers authored by the presenters of all presentations.

The conference provides a wonderful opportunity to network and establish contacts with a very diverse community of colleagues engaged in this important area of work. Apart from the geographical diversity of delegates, there is also a multiplicity of perspectives including clinical/service, organizational, educational, research and regulatory. In order to maximize the potential contribution of networking opportunities the conference will include social activities:

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Further we like to acknowledge that the conference is supported by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Fáilte Ireland (the National Tourism Development Authority), the Lord Mayor of Dublin, the Dublin Convention Bureau and the Irish industry suppliers.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin,

On behalf of the Organization and Scientific Committee

ProfDrIanNeedham    KevinMcKenna    nicooudnw1

Prof. Ian Needham, Chair and Dr. Kevin McKenna, Co-Chair of the Organization and Scientific Committee & Nico Oud, Conference Organizer.




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