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Monitoring the Public Health (Alcohol) Act in Ireland – First follow-up survey and the impact of COVID-19

Access the Briefing Paper Ireland is introducing new controls on alcohol marketing through the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018, which saw the first phase of restrictions being introduced in November 2019, followed by additional controls in November this year. This briefing paper summarises the first set of findings from research funded by the Institute of…

Climate Change and Public Health: The heat is on for more urgent action in Northern Ireland

In this blog IPH Public Health Development Officer, Dr Jenny Mack, explores the relationship between climate change and public health and outlines the Institute’s recent consultation response on the Northern Ireland Climate Change (No.2) Bill. Jenny graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2013 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Obstetrics…

New Guidance on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) can help to build healthier communities

The Institute of Public Health has launched a suite of new guidance documents that can help community organisations, local authorities, and other policy- and decision-makers to build healthier communities and reduce health inequalities.  The fourth edition of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Guidance for Ireland and Northern Ireland represents the first major update of this all-island…

New research finds that healthcare professionals have a key role in promoting physical activity to older adults

New research by the Institute of Public Health has found that healthcare professionals want more tailored training and support to help promote and improve physical activity levels in older adults. The new research findings were launched by Minister of State for Public Health, Well Being, and National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan TD, on Wednesday, 27…

Sing and dance your way to healthy ageing

New report highlights positive health and wellbeing impacts of arts and creativity in later life Click to access the reports: InBrief: Arts and Creativity in Later Life Executive Summary: Arts and Creativity in Later Life: Implications for Public Health and Older People Main Report: Arts and Creativity in Later Life: Implications for Public Health and Older…

Arts and Creativity in Later Life: Implications for Public Health and Older People

Click to access the reports: InBrief: Arts and Creativity in Later Life Executive Summary: Arts and Creativity in Later Life: Implications for Public Health and Older People Main Report: Arts and Creativity in Later Life: Implications for Public Health and Older People Economic Evaluation: A review of economic evaluation methodologies for the assessment of arts…

Men’s Health – encouraging men to check back in to a healthier future

By Aideen Sheehan, Knowledge Translation Officer If you knew there was a group who died years earlier, were more likely to suffer from heart disease and cancer, and had a much greater risk of dying from suicide, respiratory disease and COVID-19, you’d assume they would be beating down the doors of doctors’ surgeries in a…

Alcohol-related Harms in Nightlife Settings on the Island of Ireland

A Knowledge Exchange hosted by the North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group. In December 2020 the North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group hosted a Knowledge Exchange to share evidence and policy developments relevant to reducing alcohol harm in night-life settings. Evidence is emerging on how to balance the pleasures and benefits of night life in…

Blog: Practical tips for the public engagement aspects of communicating science and health

Its been a year like no other for public engagement with public health science. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that every citizen has had to engage in some way or other with public health advice as well as public health data, research and evidence.  It’s therefore timely that  ‘Communicating Science and Health’ is one of…

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Acheson WHO, 1988.

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