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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…

Why we need a public health approach to tackle loneliness – BMJ editorial

An editorial published in the British Medical Journal today has highlighted the need for governments to recognise the personal, social, and economic costs of loneliness and the need to adopt a public health approach to tackling the issue. In the joint editorial IPH Director of Ageing Research and Development Professor Roger O’Sullivan, Professor Gerry Leavey…

Report: An Overview of Dental Services and Oral Health in Northern Ireland and Ireland

The Institute of Public Health has published a report providing an overview of Dental Services and Oral Health in Northern Ireland and Ireland. The report draws on available data and research from Ireland and Northern Ireland and aims to be a resource for policymakers, dental professionals and the general public. It shows that oral health…

IPH welcomes new tobacco regulations in Northern Ireland

1 February 2022 The Institute of Public Health (IPH) welcomes the introduction of new laws in Northern Ireland this week that will help to reduce children’s exposure to second-hand smoke and prevent children accessing e-cigarettes. Under new Tobacco Regulations, which come into effect from today, 1 February, it is now illegal to smoke in a…

InBrief: The heat is on for Northern Ireland to tackle climate change

This InBrief summarises the main recommendations made by the Institute of Public Health in a recent submission on the Northern Ireland Climate Change (No.2) Bill. Proposed by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, the ‘No.2’ Bill proposes that the target to reduce carbon emissions by 2050 is reduced to 82%, instead of the…

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…

Blog: Dying young from respiratory disease – are we making progress on reducing inequalities?

In this blog, Dr Helen McAvoy, Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Health, explores what we know about excess deaths from respiratory disease in socially disadvantaged communities, and asks what can be done to respond. Recent developments on health inequalities on the island of Ireland Earlier this month, the Northern Ireland Assembly Health…

Blog: All for One Health and Health Impact Assessment

In this blog, Ben Cave and Joanna Purdy discuss recent developments from Ireland and Northern Ireland in Health Impact Assessment (HIA). They discuss their role in the Institute of Public Health’s new HIA guidance, they ask how can HIA help adapting to and recovering from COVID-19 and how it links with the broader One Health…

Blog: The Elevate Programme – building community development to tackle health inequalities

Today’s theme for the European Public Health Week is “Your Local Community”.  Joanne Vance, Director of Community Development Health Network (CDHN) talks about the Elevate programme which provides opportunities for the development of skills, knowledge and expertise in community development as a way to tackle health inequalities. CDHN advocates using community development approaches to empower…

Blog: Healthy Brains for a Healthy Population – the road to a brain-healthy lifestyle

Dr Claire McEvoy, Lecturer in Nutrition and Ageing Research and Rebecca Townsend PhD researcher at the Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast advise that it is never too early or never too late to adopt a brain healthy lifestyle! In this blog they highlight ways to slow down cognitive decline and delay or prevent…

Blog: New challenges in mental health – what role for enhanced regulation of gambling?

In this blog, Ciara Reynolds and Joanna Purdy from the Institute of Public Health (IPH) discuss gambling and mental health, effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and explore the potential public health impact of gambling regulation. Ciara and Joanna are Public Health Development Officers at IPH.  They recently presented evidence to the Northern Ireland All Party Group on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling and submitted views to the consultation on a draft Mental…

Blog: Loneliness a key public health issue for society

Professor Roger O’Sullivan, Director of Ageing Research & Development at IPH, talks about loneliness as a key public health issue. “Public health and social measures introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic have brought profound changes to everyday life…. many more people have gained personal insight into what it means to be socially isolated, lonely, or both.…

Blog: The impact of COVID-19 on hypertension and priorities in pandemic recovery

On World Hypertension Day, Dr. Diane Bredin discusses the impact of COVID-19 on hypertension and considers priorities in pandemic recovery. Diane is currently working in general practice and completing an internship with the Institute of Public Health as part of her Masters in Public Health at University of Limerick. Hypertension is a major preventable risk…

New alcohol policy research network launched across Ireland and the UK

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) is among the founding members of a new network for alcohol policy researchers in Ireland and the UK which officially launched today, led by the University of Stirling’s Professor Niamh Fitzgerald and Trinity College Dublin’s Professor Joe Barry.  The Alcohol Research Network UK-Ireland (ACORN) will act as a forum and stimulus for an interdisciplinary approach to the cultural, social, political and economic challenges faced by the UK and Ireland in attempting to implement effective policies to reduce the…

Consultation response: New Strategy for Sport and Physical Activity for Northern Ireland

The Institute of Public Health has responded to the Department for Communities Consultation on a new Strategy for Sport and Physical Activity for Northern Ireland. The strategy aims to provide a framework for a cross-departmental approach to promoting participation and excellence in sport and physical activity. IPH emphasised the importance of increasing activity levels and…

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…

Watch the webinar recording: Healthy Brains for Healthy Populations

The Institute of Public Health’s held a webinar which focused on healthy brains for healthy populations . It took place on Thursday, April 15th at 11am via Zoom. Dr Claire McEvoy from Queen’s University Belfast explored the issue and public health approaches to keeping our brains fit and healthy for longer. Dr McEvoy has received…

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…