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All-island conference will highlight need to put health at the heart of our climate response 

This week a major all-island conference will highlight the impacts of climate change on population health in Ireland and Northern Ireland and the need to put health at the heart of our response.  On Wednesday, 30 November around 1,000 health professionals, researchers and policymakers are expected to attend the online Joint Public Health Conference to…

Blog: Active Healthy Kids – How physical activity levels compare across Ireland and the UK

In this blog, Lauren Rodriguez, IPH Public Health Development Officer, shares an overview of the 2022 Ireland North and South Report Card on Physical Activity and also looks at how the findings compare with Scotland and Wales. In August 2022, the Ireland North and South Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents was…

Free online course to help healthcare professionals support older people to be more physically active

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) has launched a free online course to help healthcare professionals to support older people to have more physically active lives. The new ‘Getting Active for Better Ageing’ course is available on IPH’s Public Health Matters app and desktop platform. The digital learning resource is aimed at general practitioners, nurses,…

Blog: Taking the mystery out of menopause and smoking

It’s National Menopause Awareness Week, Ireland’s first national awareness campaign about menopause. The campaign slogan ‘Let’s take the mystery out of menopause’ highlights the need for clear information and evidence, as well as empathy, for those facing menopause. In this blog, Dr Helen McAvoy, Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Health, shines a…

IPH launches ‘How We Age’ Image Gallery to mark International Day of Older Persons

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) has launched new gallery of images capturing the lived experiences of older people in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The How We Age gallery of images is the culmination of an all-island photography competition, hosted by IPH earlier this year, in a bid to reframe how older people are portrayed.…

Webinar Playback: Launch of Unequal Chances report on Inequalities in Mortality Rates in Ireland

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)  recently hosted a webinar to launch a new report on inequalities in mortality rates in Ireland. The report was commissioned by the Institute of Public Health. The report, ‘Unequal Chances? Inequalities in Mortality in Ireland’, provides a timely update on IPH’s previous work in this area when it published a…

Mortality rates in Ireland improved since 2000 but inequalities remain, new Unequal Chances report finds

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) today welcomes the publication by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) of a new report on inequalities in mortality rates in Ireland. IPH commissioned the ESRI to examine inequalities in mortality in Ireland between 2000-2019, with a focus on socio-economic status (SES) and, for the first time, assessing…

Upcoming Webinar: ‘Getting Active For Better Ageing’ on 20 October

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) is hosting a ‘Getting Active For Better Ageing’ webinar between 10am – 12 noon on 20 October, focusing on public health and behaviour change and how to encourage and support older people to be more physically active. The webinar will include presentations from Professor Ryan Rhodes, University of Victoria,…

Applications Invited: Chairperson & Deputy Chairperson of the Board of the Institute of Public Health

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill two positions on the Board of the Institute of Public Health CLG: Chairperson Deputy Chairperson The closing date for applications is midday on 1 November 2022. Summary of Roles The appointed Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson will serve as Non-Executive Directors on…

New report makes case for raising the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 years

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s Policy Group on Tobacco has published a new report which makes the case for raising the minimum age of sale of tobacco from 18 to 21 years. The Tobacco 21 report, was developed from national and international evidence analysed by the Institute of Public Health. IPH Director of…

Children and teens more physically active but inequalities remain, Ireland North and South Report Card finds

Physical activity levels in children and teenagers across Ireland and Northern Ireland have improved slightly over the past eight years but not all children and teens have an equal chance to be active, a new Active Healthy Kids Report Card has found. The Ireland North and South Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents has…

Public Health Matters Podcast: S1 Ep 1 Sir Michael Marmot on the social factors that influence life expectancy

The Institute of Public Health has launched a new Public Health Matters podcast highlighting key public health issues across Ireland and Northern Ireland. In the first series of the Public Health Matters podcast we look at what lessons we can learn from public health. In the first episode, we speak to Sir Michael Marmot, a Professor of Epidemiology at…

‘How We Age’ competition winners capture ordinary and extraordinary moments in everyday lives of older people

An intergenerational vignette, a moment of holiday fun, and a poignant Covid-19 snapshot – these are the prize-winning images that captured the judges attention in the Institute of Public Health’s ‘How We Age’ photography competition. The Institute is delighted to announce the winners in this all-island competition, which was launched in April to reframe how…

Registration has opened for the 2022 Joint Public Health Conference

‘Climate change is the greatest global health threat facing the world in the 21st century, but it is also the greatest opportunity to redefine the social and environmental determinants of health’ – The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change   Registration has now opened for the Joint North South Public Health Conference taking place…

Becoming SunSmart: Reflections on skin cancer prevention in Ireland

In this blog, Lauren Rodriguez, IPH Public Health Development Officer, reflects on the policy impact from a report IPH published in 2020 in partnership with NUI Galway. This report, Children’s exposure to ultraviolet radiation – a risk profile for future skin cancers in Ireland, presented the first nationally representative data on sun protection behaviours, sunbed…

Call for Abstracts: North South Public Health Conference – Healthy Planet, Healthy People

‘Climate change is the greatest global health threat facing the world in the 21st century, but it is also the greatest opportunity to redefine the social and environmental determinants of health’ The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change The Institute of Public Health, Public Health Agency, Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast, and University College…

Blog: Clear evidence that it’s time for a Tobacco Endgame

In recent weeks, IPH participated in a ‘Tobacco Endgame: Nobody Left Behind’ conference, hosted by the HSE, to mark World No Tobacco Day on 31 May. In this blog, Lauren Rodriguez, IPH Public Health Development Officer, shares an overview of the evidence presented at this conference, which focussed on Ireland’s ambitions to reach a tobacco…

Playback: Webinar launch of HIA digital learning module and Public Health Matters platform and app

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) recently launched its first digital learning module, ‘Introduction to Health Impact Assessment’ and a new Public Health Matters platform and app. If you missed the launch webinar on 29 June you can watch it back here or by clicking on the video below. This webinar provides a short overview…

IPH rolls out new Public Health Matters digital learning platform and app

Interested in public health and how it can shape healthier communities? The Institute of Public Health (IPH) has launched a new Public Health Matters digital learning platform and app that will appeal to public health professionals and policy makers, as well as members of the public interested in population health issues. On Wednesday, 29 June…

Vacancy: Public Health Improvement Coordinator – ‘Walk with Me’ Research Project

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IPH to provide support to Department on new regulations for providers of home support services in Ireland

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) will contribute to the development of new regulations governing providers of home support services in Ireland when it produces a report for the Department of Health later this year. Today, Thursday, 16 June, the Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Mary Butler, launched a public consultation…

Men’s Health Week: Stacking the odds against gambling harms – the case for stronger regulation

To mark Men’s Health Week (13 June-19 June), the Institute of Public Health (IPH) looks at what current data and evidence can tell us about the higher odds of gambling rates, risks, and harms among men and boys. Available data on gambling prevalence rates in Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as in other jurisdictions,…

IPH response to the Department for Communities consultation on Gambling Codes of Practice

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) recently responded to a Department for Communities consultation on developing new Gambling Codes of Practice for Northern Ireland. The Gambling Codes of Practice are being developed for gambling operators, ie those who hold a licence, permit or certificate under the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985.…

Upcoming Webinar: IPH launch new digital learning module on Health Impact Assessment

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) is hosting a webinar to launch a new digital learning module, ‘Introduction to Health Impact Assessment’, at 11am on Wednesday, 29 June 2022. The Institute is delighted to announce the launch of its first digital learning module, which will be made available online and on mobile devices through a…

Young Women & Mental Health: We All Have a Part to Play

Esther Atuhaire is undertaking a student placement at the Institute of Public Health as part of a Masters Programme in Public Health at the University of Limerick. Esther’s project explores the mental health needs of young women in the context of current policy development in Ireland.  Women are largely underrepresented in discussions, research and policy…

MythBuster – Tobacco

On #WorldNoTobaccoDay the Institute of Public Health has developed a series of MythBusters to debunk some of the myths that persist around tobacco.

Blog for #EPHW2022: Health, wealth and our planet

To mark European Public Health Week, Dr Jenny Mack, IPH Public Health Development Officer, explores the link between climate change and health in this blog about ‘Health, wealth and our planet’. The modern world is incredibly convenient. At the click of a button, we can order practically anything for delivery to our door. The emphasis…

Consultation Response: A Clean Air Strategy for Ireland

The Institute of Public Health recently made a submission to the Department of Environment, Climate, and Communications in response to a public consultation on developing a Clean Air Strategy for Ireland. Air pollution and health are inextricably linked and in this submission the Institute made a series of recommendations including the need to adopt World…

IPH launches all-island photography competition to capture the reality of ‘How We Age’ today

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) is launching a new ‘How We Age’ photography competition to capture the lived experiences of older people in Ireland and Northern Ireland today. Supported by the Irish Photographic Federation (IPF) and Northern Ireland Photographic Association (NIPA), the ‘How we age – Staying Active, Staying Social, Staying Connected’ photography competition…

IPH Opening Statement – Pre-legislative scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Gambling Regulation Bill

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) is today attending the Joint Committee on Justice to provide some observations on the General Scheme of the Gambling Regulation Bill. The Joint Committee on Justice is meeting at 3pm on Tuesday, 22 March to resume public hearings on submissions from representatives from organisations in relation to the Committee’s pre-legislative scrutiny…

IPH provides evidence to Oireachtas Health Committee on the Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill 2019

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) is today appearing before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health to give evidence on the Public Health (Tobacco and Nicotine Inhaling Products) Bill 2019. IPH Director of Policy Dr Helen McAvoy joined Professor Des Cox from the Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI) Tobacco Policy Group to give evidence…

Housing and Health – Why tackling cold homes is a public health issue

A considerable number of older people in Ireland and Northern Ireland live in housing that could pose a risk to their health. Here IPH Knowledge Translation Officer for Ageing & Public Health, Aideen Sheehan, examines available data, risk factors, and why tackling cold homes is a public health issue. High energy bills this winter have…

‘Ageing on Screen’: A special screening event and panel discussion at the 2021 Global Health Film Festival

As part of the 2021 Global Health Film Festival (GHFF), the Institute of Public Health (IPH) partnered with the GHFF team last December to host a panel discussion on the theme of ‘Ageing on Screen’ and how film and cinema can change how older people are portrayed. The panel discussion followed the screening of ‘Men…

Audio – How the pandemic challenged our perception of loneliness

IPH Director of Ageing Research & Development Professor Roger O’Sullivan recently spoke to the Irish Times ‘In The News’ podcast about why loneliness should be a priority for governments and how the Covid-19 pandemic challenged our perception of loneliness. This 20-minute podcast episode begins with Eimear McGovern, Assistant News Editor of the Belfast Telegraph, who…

Blog: Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of people living on the island of Ireland

In this blog, Louise O’Connor, a research assistant at the Institute of Public Health, explores what we know, and don’t know, about mental health at population level during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland and Northern Ireland and considerations for the future. Louise graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2021 with a Master’s in Public Health,…

Consultation Response: Cancer Strategy for Northern Ireland 2021-2031

The Institute of Public Health responded to a consultation, launched by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland in October 2021, on developing a new 10-year cancer strategy. It focuses on four key themes: cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment, patient experience and strategy implementation in Northern Ireland. Key ObservationsIn this submission, the Institute made a…

Consultation Response: A new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland

The Institute of Public Health responded to a consultation on the proposed content of the new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland to 2030, launched by the Department for Infrastructure in November 2021. Key ObservationsThe Institute made a series of recommendations on the proposed new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland, including the following:• Commit…

Consultation Response: A new Food Strategy for Northern Ireland

The Institute of Public Health responded to a consultation on the Northern Ireland Food Strategy Framework launched by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in September 2021.The Framework sets out a long-term vision to develop a food system that protects natural resources for future generations, is economically and environmentally sustainable and provides…

Consultation Response: Environmental Plans, Principles and Governance for Northern Ireland

The Institute of Public Health responded to a consultation on a discussion paper onEnvironmental Plans, Principles and Governance for Northern Ireland, launchedby the Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) inDecember 2020.The discussion paper sought the views of stakeholders on environmental plans,principles and governance after the ending of the EU withdrawal transitionperiod.Key discussion points…

Consultation Response: Developing an Integrated Care System and Draft Framework for Northern Ireland

The Institute of Public Health responded to a consultation on developing an Integrated Care System for Northern Ireland, launched by the Department of Health in July 2021.The draft framework for a new Integrated Care System proposes a reform of health service structures. The model seeks to empower local providers and communities to collaboratively plan, manage…