Coombe Women and Infants, University Hospital and Tallaght University Hospital, UK
Dr. Cliona Murphy, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and Tallaght University Hospital, takes up the role of Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at its Annual General Meeting on 28 September 2018.
Dr. Murphy graduated from University College Cork in 1993. She served as Ireland representative to RCOG Council from 2012 - 2016 and was Head of the Gynaecology Department at Tallaght Hospital from 2012 - 2016.
She took over the chain of office from Dr. Peter Boylan and will be Chair for a three-year term until 2021.
On taking up the role, Dr. Murphy spoke of her commitment to women’s health in Ireland: “As the Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary, we reflect on the many changes in obstetrics and gynaecology in those years. I am committed to continuing our mission to set standards in clinical care and in postgraduate education. In obstetrics, I hope to strengthen our professional links with our midwifery colleagues and engage with women in providing women-centred care."
“Access to quality gynaecology services for all remains a challenge,” Dr Murphy says. “Focusing on the needs of women throughout their life course including the post-reproductive years is important, given the increased life expectancy of women in Ireland.”
Dr. Murphy set out her priorities for the next three years as:
The implementation of the Maternity Strategy, focusing on the quality and accessibility of gynaecology services
The recruitment and retention of doctors, nurses and midwives across the health sector, without doubt one of the most urgent needs in specialty women’s health services
Finally, the recent historic vote to repeal the Eighth Amendment requires implementation, underpinned by resources. The Institute is committed to playing a key role in its implementation.
On taking up her role as Chair, Dr Murphy said, “I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor, Dr. Peter Boylan for his outstanding contribution to women’s health in Ireland and his dedication to the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists over the past three years.”