Joanne Dowds

Joanne graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a BSc in Physiotherapy in 1999 before working as a rotational staff grade in Naas Hospital, St James Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia. Upon her return from travelling she worked as Senior Physiotherapist in Respiratory Care in St James’s Hospital, until she became a Clinical Specialist in Respiratory Care in 2006.  Her areas of clinical interest are critical care and surgical recovery, she has also been involved in developing innovative services in the areas of post-COVID19 care and Inclusion Health.

Joanne has held temporary posts as Deputy Physiotherapy Manager and as Quality Improvement Facilitator in St James’s. She has lectured extensively at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including some time as clinical support to a Master’s programme in Respiratory Physiotherapy based in Trinity College, Dublin. Joanne has been an active member of many professional committees including the Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care (CPRC), Professional Development Committee of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP), the Planning Committee of the ISCP and Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI) annual conferences. She is currently a member of the National HSCP eHealth Advisory group.

Joanne has completed a MSc in Exercise Physiology, Dip. in Coaching, Dip. in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership and is currently completing the Leading Care II programme. In 2018, she was chosen as a ‘HOPE’ participant, a European healthcare exchange programme where she had the opportunity to experience the Danish healthcare system. She has over 20 publications and portfolio of multiple conference presentations.