Paula Campbell AHPI Vice Chairperson shares her health promotion journey


What inspired you towards a career in health promotion?

My career started in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda where I worked as a Dietitian. Within a few years I became frustrated working in the hospital environment and wanted to move from a 'treatment' oriented approach to 'prevention'. Around that time, I heard Professor Cecily Kelleher speak at an AGM of the INDI and she mentioned that NUI Galway had just established a postgrad Diploma and MA in Health Promotion. That gave me the direction I was looking for and so I took a year out and returned to student life!  Health Promotion was in its infancy at that point in Ireland and so it was 1997 before I was able to leave the hospital environment and move into the new Department of Health Promotion in the former North Eastern Health Board, where I have worked since.

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