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 also regional contact details below


Training venue

Midleton Park Hotel (Co Cork)

Course dates:

·         May 17th and 18th

·         June 7th and 8th

·         June 14th and 15th


Catherine Byrne (HP&I)

Further information

Please contact Mary Lawless to request an application form and course flyer by emailing Mary Lawless at maryc.lawless@hse.iecompleted application forms must be returned to Mary  

For general course enquiries please contact the course facilitator Catherine Byrne at catherine.byrne2@hse.ie  

Closing Date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 15th April


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; Tel: 074 910 4693/ 074 910 9114 

Dublin North City and County

Training Venue

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


Ben Lindsay, Health Promotion Officer & Nuala Cody, Health Promotion Officer

Course Dates

Jan 2023 Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th
Feb 2023 Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd
March 2023 Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd

Further information

To request an application form and course flyer contact ben.lindsay@hse.ie
Closing date for receipt of application is Friday Nov 25th

Dublin North East (Louth)

Training venue:

R.E.C, St Bridgids Hospital Complex, Ardee, Co. Louth

Course dates

  • March 8th & 9th
  • April 19th & 20th
  • May 24th & 25th


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 January 30th

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

Dublin Mid Leinster

Training venue

Dublin West Education Centre,

Old Blessington Rd,


Dublin 24

Course dates:

21st & 22nd March

18th & 19th April

3rd & 4th May

Application Closing Date: 27th January

Facilitators: Aoife O Brien and Louise Monaghan

Further information:

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

Tel: 087 1420249 





Aine Montgomery and Grainne Woulfe, 

Course dates:

3rd and 4th Oct 2022

14th and 15th Nov 2022

5th and 6th Dec 2022

All places for the 2022 FPSHP have been allocated. To be added to the waiting list for Autumn 2023 please email Áine Montgomery

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


Scheduled training has been postponed until September. More information to follow.

Training Location

Athlone Town


Margaret Whittaker, and Fiona Gallagher Health Promotion & Improvement HSE Midlands

Further information

Please contact Kathleen Pardy  kathleen.pardy@hse.ie Tel: 057 93 57800 to request an application form or Margaret Whittaker margaret.whittaker@hse.ie for further queries

North West

Training venue


Course dates:

Day 1 and 2: Sept 14th and 15th 

Day 3 and 4: October 12th and 13th 

Day 5 and 6: November 16th and 17th 

Facilitator: Lisa O Hagan

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

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


FPSHP currently suspended

Training Location

Killarney, Co. Kerry



Further information

Please contact anna.foley@hse.ie to request an application form.

South East

Training venue

Waterford City


Tracy Tobin & Sarah Fitzpatrick

Course dates:

Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th January

Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd February

Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd March

Further information

Please contact Sarah Fitzpatrick to request an application form or for further queries, Email: sarah.fitzpatrick9@hse.ie


Training venue

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


Vivienne Fitzmaurice, Health Promotion & Improvement Officer.


Day 1 and 2: 21st and 22nd February, 2023

Day 3 and 4: 22nd and 23rd March, 2023

Day 5 and 6:18th and 19th April, 2023

Closing date for applications: 20th January, 2023

Further Information

T: 087 4445895   E: vivienne.fitzmaurice@hse.ie


Further information: 

Emer Morahan
Senior Health Promotion and Improvement Officer,
Civic Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, A98 X329,

Email: emer.morahan@hse.ie