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Ssuzanne gagnonuzanne Gagnon is a professor at the Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine Department, Université Laval, Québec

The RESTORE conference took place from March 26–27th 2015 in Limerick, Ireland.


As a professor in Family Medicine at Laval University and cofounder of the Refugee Health Clinic in Québec, I was pretty interested in attending this conference. I was more than satisfied at the end of it. Seeing all the dynamic research studies that have been conducted for refugees and the implementation of concrete projects was so stimulating. In these times of austerity and with shortages of resources in many countries, it was interesting to see that some European countries have started this implementation work from the ground up, but with the involvement of the main health organizations at the European level.

In Québec, we have developed ...continue reading

Patrick_ODonnellDr Patrick O’Donnell is a Clinical Fellow in Social Inclusion at the Partnership for Health Equity, a pilot project of the the University of Limerick’s Graduate Entry Medical School

The RESTORE conference took place from March 26–27th 2015 in Limerick, Ireland.


This morning, I had a busy clinic in Limerick city, Ireland. I saw about 10 patients who did not speak English well. Three of these consultations were facilitated by the patient bringing a child or friend in to interpret; for two other patients, I had to rely on Google Translate; for the next one, I spoke to a relative in English over the phone about the patient sitting in front of me; for the remainder, a mixture of broken English and miming had to suffice. ...continue reading