Consultation response: Northern Ireland Draft Mental Health Strategy 2021-2031
The Institute of Public Health has responded to the Department of Health for Northern Ireland consultation on the Draft Mental Health Strategy 2021-2031. The Strategy is designed to improve mental health outcomes for people in Northern Ireland and sets out a new vision for mental health in Northern Ireland, as well as 29 high-level actions…
Consultation response: Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on Environmental Plans for Northern Ireland
The Institute of Public Health has responded to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Environmental Plans, Principles and Governance for Northern Ireland Public Discussion Document. This is Northern Ireland’s framework for environmental policies which support green growth in future government policies and business strategies. The Institute’s consultation response is aligned to health in all…
Register now for the Institute of Public Health’s webinar focused on healthy brains for healthy populations, taking place on Thursday, April 15th at 11am via Zoom. You can register here. Dr Claire McEvoy from Queen’s University Belfast will explore the issue and public health approaches to keeping our brains fit and healthy for longer. Dr…
BLOG: How creative arts can support positive ageing
The longevity dividend of the last century has added decades onto people’s lives through improved public health – better water, air, healthcare, vaccinations, and living and working conditions. But there is much still to be done to extend the full benefits of a longer, healthier old-age to everyone. In recent years there has been a focus on the role…
Submission: Northern Ireland Licensing & Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill
The Institute of Public Health has responded to a call for evidence from the Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Communities on the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill. The Bill was introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Minister for Communities on the 19 October 2020. The Bill covers a wide range of…
BLOG: Benefits of physical activity for COVID-19 vaccination
Aideen Sheehan from the Institute of Public Health offers some insights on how a little physical activity can boost your immune system for vaccination. Exercise is not just good for the body and soul, it can also help older people reap the full benefits of vaccination. Regular aerobic exercise in the weeks or months prior to COVID-19…
Playback: COVID-19 and rethinking loneliness and social isolation
Playback: COVID-19 and rethinking loneliness and social isolation Catch up on the Institute’s webinar focused on the impact of COVID-19 and rethinking loneliness and social isolation in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Loneliness is emerging as a key public health challenge for the population during the Covid-19 pandemic. Evidence shows loneliness is a significant issue for…
Press release: Loneliness emerging as a key public health challenge for the population during the pandemic
Loneliness is emerging as a key health challenge for the population and a public health approach can help tackle the issue, experts told an all-island webinar hosted by the Institute of Public Health today. Over 1,000 people involved in public health, community services and research on the island of Ireland – North and South –joined…
Progress made to protect population health, but tobacco remains leading cause of preventable death
National No Smoking Day, February 17th WHILE significant progress has been made to protect the population from the harms caused by smoking, tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in Ireland – according to the Institute of Public Health. The Institute – which informs public policy to support healthier populations in Ireland and Northern…
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