Seminar Series

The seminar series offers an opportunity to bring a wider network of people with interests in rural health and social care together to share their research, or opportunities for research.

Seminars are delivered by Aberystwyth University academics, local staff from health and social care organisations as well as external speakers with the intention of increasing the opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary research.

A warm welcome is extended to all. We do ask for individuals to register so that refreshments and appropriately sized rooms can be organised accordingly; however, we appreciate that this is not always possible and would welcome people to turn up on the day if necessary.

If you would like to offer to be a speaker during a seminar or would like some additional information please contact

Early lessons from a VIrtual PulmonAry Rehabilitation (VIPAR)  Service  

Michelle Dunning, Primary care, Hywel Dda University Health Board

Monday 21st of January, 2019 1:00—2.00pm

G17 Carwyn James Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University

Light lunch provided, please contact to register

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR)  delivers significant health benefits but too many patients are missing out in Wales. The UK COPD Audit Programme (2016) highlighted our Health Board was only referring 31% of eligible

patients to PR. The Pulmonary Rehabilitation service does not exist in Ceredigion; there is a limited service in Pembrokeshire; and the service in Carmarthenshire now has an 8-12 month waiting list due to loss of key staff and increasing demand. By working in partnership with industry the

Pulmonary Rehabilitation  team have developed a hub and spoke model of delivery using video-conferencing to link the hub ( based at GGH) to a spoke site ( based in Tregaron hall) that is addressing the staffing issue; meeting patients’ needs, and upholds the principles of prudent healthcare. The aim is to develop a Community virtual pulmonary rehab (VIPaR) Network, by

increasing to 3 or 4 spokes over time that will simultaneously link into the hub site.

If you would like to be a speaker in the seminar series please contact:


Accessing Health care in Mbano, Imo state, Nigeria: The role of the MNA (USA) Diasporic Network

Wednesday 12th of December, 2018 1:00—2.00pm G17 Carwyn James Building, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University POSTPONED

Dr Anthonia Ijeoma Onyeahialam

I share my notes from research fieldwork investigating health care in Mbano local government area in Imo state, Nigeria, and how this rural community is turning globalisation – out migration of its labour force to its benefit through the medical mission facilitated by the Mbano National Assembly (MNA), a diasporic network of Mbano indigenes living in USA.

I shed some light on the community’s health profile, what “access” and “barriers” to health care means in this community, the medical mission landscape and some of MNA’s work.  Mbano is host to the state’s Tertiary teaching hospital, a pre 1960s jointly owned secondary health care facility and numerous primary health care centres.


Light lunch provided, please contact if you wish to attend

Open to university, health and social care staff and postgraduates.

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