IPH welcome the opportunity to respond to the NI consultation on regulations to restrict smoking in private vehicles when children are present. The draft regulations proposed that the existing leglislation, as set out in the Smoking (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, will be extended so that it will be an offence to: smoke in a private vehicle with someone under 18 present; and to fail to prevent smoking in a private vehicle with someone under 18 present. Similar legislation was enacted in the Republic of Ireland in March 2016.
Reducing second-hand smoke (SHS) exposure has become a central component of tobacco control policies across the island of Ireland. The expansion of smoke-free spaces directly reduces exposure of children and adults and further denormalises tobacco use in a variety of social contexts. Challenges remain in terms of persistent health inequalities and significant exposure to SHS in the home, particularly in the context of children. This snapshot report presents a brief overview of progress on the development of smoke-free spaces on the island of Ireland.
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) and partners (Department of Health (NI), Department of Health (RoI), Public Health Agency, Centre of Excellence for Public Health (QUB) and the Health Service Executive) are organising a one day conference to share learning and facilitate discussion on what works in public health in Ireland, North and South.
Keynote speakers: Prof Kevin Fenton, National Director for Health & Wellbeing, Public Health England and Gerry Power, Programme Director for Co-production, Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland.
Alcohol, self-harm and suicide was the focus of an all-island seminar organised and live streamed by IPH on behalf of the North-South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group in Dublin in May 2017. Presentations and audio can be accessed below. The event enabled sharing of knowledge and experiences between stakeholders working in policy, research, service delivery and community action on alcohol, self-harm and suicide. It addressed:
This Salt Awareness Week (20-26 March) the Public Health Agency is reminding everyone of the dangers of eating too much salt and asking everyone to check food labels to see how much salt is in our food. The awareness week aims to highlight the recommendations for salt intake for both adults and children. The Public Health Agency's top tips will help people recognise how to reduce their salt intake in terms of salt added to meals and salt contained in processed foods and ready meals.
Release of consultation analysis report on Protect Life 2 – Draft Suicide Prevention Strategy for Northern Ireland
The Department of Health today released a report summarizing the content of responses to the consultation on the draft suicide prevention strategy for Northern Ireland. 104 responses were received from a diverse range of stakeholders, including IPH. The consultation report acknowledges the need for greater action on alcohol and drugs as part of a comprehensive suicide prevention approach. In response to the comments received, the Department hopes to develop an allied mental health action plan focusing on primary prevention and early intervention.
Joint Action Addressing Chronic Diseases and Healthy Ageing across the Life Cycle (JA-CHRODIS) Final Conference
Addressing Chronic Diseases: How can the EU effectively implement their prevention, management and care across Member States?
JA-CHRODIS’ aim is to contribute to reducing the burden of chronic diseases and to promoting healthy living and active ageing in Europe. Partners gathered highly promising and cost-effective good practices focusing on health promotion and primary prevention as well as the management of multimorbidity and diabetes, with a view to facilitate their exchange and transfer between European countries and regions.
Want to know more about JA-CHRODIS results? Read the latest JA-CHRODIS newsletter focussing on the Joint Action's outcomes.
In this edition we look at:
The 10th International Conference on Nightlife, Substance Use and related Health Issues takes place between 24 and 27 May 2017 at the Printworks, Dublin Castle. Register for the event here.
Deadline for abstract submission 13 January 2017.
Creating an effective response to obesity: the role of complex systems thinking in intervention design and evaluation
This event explored complex systems thinking in the design and evaluation of interventions in looking to support Ireland’s new Obesity Policy and Action Plan.
This event was facilitated by the HRB Centre for Health and Diet Research at University College Cork and the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH).
The event used 3 case studies as examples to illustrate complex systems issues that should be considered in intervention design and evaluation: