DR. Fiona Mansergh, B.A. Mod Hons (Nat. Sci.), Ph.D. (Genetics) Assistant Principal Officer working in the Health and Wellbeing Programme in the Department of Health "Walking it, Talking it – Sport and Physical Activity for Schools"
DR. Fiona Mansergh, B.A. Mod Hons (Nat. Sci.), Ph.D. (Genetics).
An Roinn Sláinte – Department of Health
Fiona is an Assistant Principal Officer working in the Health and Wellbeing Programme in the Department of Health. Health and Wellbeing has responsibility for co-ordinating the implementation of Healthy Ireland, the Framework for improved Health and Wellbeing, 2013-2025.
Fiona works on the implementation of Get Ireland Active!: the National Physical Activity Plan for Ireland, which is managed in collaboration with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and Sport Ireland. Fiona also plays a role in liaising with the Department of Education and HSE with regard to health promotion and healthy lifestyle initiatives in schools, and liaising with the Department of Justice and Equality on health aspects of the National Strategy for Women and Girls.
Fiona is also involved in managing the Healthy Ireland Survey, in collaboration with Statistics and Analytics in the Department of Health. The Survey is carried out on an annual basis by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of the Department and provides an up-to-date picture of the nation’s health, asking about key health indicators such as smoking prevalence, alcohol consumption, diet and weight, physical activity levels, health service utilisation and others.
Fiona trained as a biologist, being awarded a PhD in molecular genetics (Genetics of Inherited Retinopathies) in 1998. She then spent 17 years working in Canada, the UK and Ireland as a postdoctoral and research fellow.
Fiona was involved in research concerning various inherited eye diseases, stem cell and developmental biology, functional genomics and various disorders associated with ageing.
Fiona worked with Science Foundation Ireland from 2015-2016 before joining the Department of Health in April 2016. She worked in the Acute Hospitals Policy Division before moving to Health and Wellbeing in August, 2017.