HSE Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion

The aim of the course is to enhance participants’ capacity to incorporate sexual health promotion into their work through the development of their confidence, knowledge and skills in relation to sexual health.

This course is unique in an Irish context in terms of its content, length and approach to sexual health promotion. It is also unique in its blend of participant professions, including front line clinicians, teachers, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, community and youth workers and representatives from the physical and intellectual disability sectors, to name but a few.

Topics covered in the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion includean introduction to sexual health promotion, sexual rights and inequalities, a life course approach to sexual health, sexual health promotion within the Irish context, gender, sexual orientation, healthy and unhealthy relationships, intimacy and sexual pleasure, consent and the law, physical sexual health, the role of sexual health promotion policy and raising the issue of sexual health with clients.

Following Covid 19 restrictions, we are working towards a resumption of training.

New courses will be advertised here as soon as they are scheduled.

See the regional contact details below:

CHO 1 - Donegal, Leitrim, Cavan and Monaghan


FPSHP currently suspended


Lisa O’Hagan, Health Promotion Officer

Further information

Lisa O’Hagan, Health Promotion Officer, Health Promotion & Improvement, Health & Wellbeing Division, HSE West, County Clinic (First Floor), St. Conal’s, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Email: lisa.ohagan@hse.ie
Phone: 074 910 4693 or 074 910 9114

North west

Training venue


Course dates 2023
  • 14 and 15 September
  • 12 and 13 October
  • 16 and 17 November

Lisa O Hagan

Further information

Closing date for applications is 3 June 2022. Telephone interviews will be scheduled week of 13 June.

For more information on this course or to request an application form or to be added to a mailing list for future courses, contact: lisa.ohagan@hse.ie

CHO 2 - Galway, Roscommon and Mayo

Training venue

Mayo Education Centre, Westport Rd, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 HX48.


Vivienne Fitzmaurice, Health Promotion & Improvement Officer.

Course dates 2023
  • 21 and 22 February 2023
  • 22 and 23 March 2023
  • 18 and 19 April 2023
Further information

Closing date for applications is 20 January 2023.

Phone: 087 4445895

CHO 3 - Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary

Training venue

Venue to be confirmed.


Aine Montgomery and Ann Piercy

Course dates 2023
  • Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th of September 2023
  • Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th of October 2023
  • Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th of November 2023
Further information

Áine Montgomery: Health Promotion Officer, Health Promotion and Improvement,  Sláinte Office, Museum House, Francis Street, Ennis, Co. Clare V95 HA29

Email: aine.montgomery@hse.ie

For an application form contact: mark.dooley@hse.ie

CHO 4 - Cork and Kerry


Training venue

Northridge House Education & Research Centre, Castle Road, Mahon T12 H970

Course dates 2023
  • 19th and 20th September 2023
  • 24th and 25th October 2023
  • 21st and 22nd November 2023

Catherine Byrne (HP&I) and Emily Lynch (HP&I)

Further information

The closing sate for receipt of completed applications is May 15th, 2023.

Contact Mary Lawless to request an application form and course flyer. Return completed application to Mary.  

Email: maryc.lawless@hse.ie

For general course enquiries, contact the course facilitator Catherine Byrne.

Email: catherine.byrne2@hse.ie


FPSHP currently suspended

Training venue

Killarney, Co. Kerry


Facilitators to be confirmed.

Further information

Contact anna.foley@hse.ieto request an application form.

CHO 5 - South Tipperary, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford

Training venue

Carrick on Suir Community Resource Centre, Eircode – E32 P928


Sarah Fitzpatrick and Katie Dillon, Health Promotion and Improvement Officers, 

Course dates 2024
  • 24th and 25th January
  • 21st and 22nd February
  • 20th and 21st March
Further information

Closing Date for Applications is Friday 27th of October 2024

Contact Sarah Fitzpatrick to request an application form or for further queries.

Email: sarah.fitzpatrick9@hse.ie

CHO 6 - Wicklow, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin South East

Training venue

Blackrock Education Centre, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 EW01


Louise Monaghan and Nuala Cody

Course Dates 2023

October 10th and 11th

November 15th and 16th

December 4th and 5th 

Closing date for applications is Friday June 30th 

For further information contact Colleen Fahey Email: colleen.fahey@hse.ie

CHO 7 - Kildare, West Wicklow, Dublin South City, Dublin West and Dublin South West

Training venue

Dublin West Education Centre,
Old Blessington Rd,
Dublin 24

Course dates 2023
  • 21st and 22nd March
  • 18th and 19th April
  • 3rd and 4th May

Aoife O'Brien 

Further information

Application closing date is 27 January.

Aoife O'Brien
Health Promotion and Improvement Officer.
2nd Floor, Vista Primary Care Centre, Ballymore Eustace Road, Naas, Co. Kildare W91 DX53

Email: Aoife.obrien7@hse.ie

Phone: 087 1420249 

CHO 8 - Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth and Meath


Training venue

R.E.C, St Bridgid's Hospital Complex, Ardee, Co. Louth

Course dates
  • 8th and 9th March
  • 19th and 20th April
  • 24th and 25th May

Olivia Mc Geough & David Mc Sweeney

Further information

To request an application form and course flyer contact geralyn.nolan@hse.ie

Closing date for receipt of application is 30 January.

For general course enquiries, contact the course facilitator david.mcsweeney@hse.ie


Training venue

Springfield Centre
St Loman's Campus Delvin Rd,

Course dates 2023
  • 25th and 26th April
  • 30th and 31st May
  • 27th and 28th June

Fiona Gallagher Health Promotion & Improvement HSE Midlands

Further information

Contact Kathleen Pardy to request an application form.

Email: kathleen.pardy@hse.ie
Phone: 057 93 57800

Contact Fiona Gallagher for further queries.

Email: fiona.gallagher@hse.ie
Phone: 086 3801163

CHO 9 - Dublin North City and County

Training venue

St. Mary’s Hospital, Phoenix Park, Chapelizod, Dublin


Ben Lindsay, Health Promotion Officer and Kirsten Feehan, Health Promotion Officer

Course dates 2023
  • September 19th and 20th
  • October 25th and 26th
  • November 22nd and 23rd
Further information

To request an application form and course flyer contact ben.lindsay@hse.ie

The closing date for receipt of applications is June 23rd 2023.

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