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.
New State of the Nations Children report highlights achievements and challenges in child public health
The Department of Children and Youth Affairs in the Republic of Ireland has published the State of the Nation's Children Report: Ireland 2016. This is the sixth such report since 2006, with data contributions from a broad range of government departments, agencies and research organisations. In the Department press release, Minister Zappone noted positive trends of declining soft drinks consumption and child smoki
The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment is developing a national Clean Air Strategy for the Republic of Ireland. The proposed Clean Air Strategy will provide the strategic policy framework necessary to identify and promote the integrated measures across government policy that are required to reduce air pollution and promote cleaner air while delivering on wider national objectives.
IPH support move in NI towards smoke-free cars to protect children
A new report highlights that steady progress is being made in creating more smoke-free spaces across the island of Ireland. However, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) says that the next stage is to legislate for smoke-free cars in order to protect children from the ill effects of second hand smoke.
Minister for Health Promotion Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy has today launched a comprehensive online resource on alcohol. The new website www.askaboutalcohol.ie features evidence-based guidelines based on known risks associated with different patterns of alcohol consumption. It offers guidance on seeking help, both for those directly experiencing alcohol-related harm and affected families.
A similar resource in Northern Ireland is available at http://www.knowyourlimits.info/.
Today is International Women’s Day. IPH formed part of the local advisory committee supporting the 7th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health being held in Dublin this week as part of the celebrations.
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.
IPH presenting at closing conference of the European Joint Action on Chronic Disease (CHRODIS) today
Dr Helen McAvoy (IPH) will be presenting at the 'Joining forces and moving forward for better health policies across Europe' Conference in Brussels today.
Prevalence of Drug Use and Gambling in Ireland and Drug Use in NI 2014/15: Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force (Ireland) and Health and Social Care Trust (NI) Results
The Drug Prevalence Survey records drug use across three prevalence periods, over the last month, over the last year and throughout the respondents’ lifetime across the island of Ireland. In the Republic of Ireland the bulletin is available at www.nacda.ie The Department of Health (NI) has published the above bulletin on drug prevalence in the north of Ireland. It includes analyses broken down by gender and age for each Health and Social Care Trust (HSCT).
Key findings for Republic of Ireland:
In February the Department of Health published the 2017 sub-regional report on health inequalities within Health & Social Care (HSC) Trust and Local Government District (LGD) areas within the north of Ireland.
This biennial publication is one of a series of reports produced as part of the NI Health & Social Care Inequalities Monitoring System (HSCIMS) and follows on from the Health Inequalities – Regional Report 2016 which presented analysis at the regional level.