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Programme unveiled for 6th Annual Spotlight on Breastfeeding Research Conference on 10 March

The 6th Annual Spotlight on Breastfeeding Research Conference takes place online from 9.00am – 12.00pm on Friday, 10th March 2023. This free event will offer the most up-to-date breastfeeding research from those who are currently engaged in supporting women, writing policy and working in practice or education. It also provides a platform for mothers facing breastfeeding…

Opening Statement to APG inquiry into public health approaches to gambling-related harms in Northern Ireland

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) today attended the All Party Group (APG) on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling in Northern Ireland. Dr Joanna Purdy, IPH Public Health Development Officer, and Dr Helen McAvoy, IPH Director of Policy, provided evidence to the APG, which is undertaking an inquiry into public health approaches to gambling-related harms…

IPH marks 25 years of working towards healthier populations

2023 is a significant milestone for the Institute of Public Health, which this year marks 25 years of working towards healthier populations in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Established in the wake of the Good Friday / Belfast Agreement in 1998, the Institute was set up to provide support on public health policy to the respective…

Opening Statement to Joint Oireachtas Justice Committee on Sale of Alcohol Bill

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) today appeared before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice to give evidence on the Sale of Alcohol Bill 2022. Dr Helen McAvoy, IPH Director of Policy, and Dr Ciara Reynolds, IPH Public Health Development Officer, attended the meeting to provide evidence on this proposed legislation. The Institute previously submitted…

Video: Key Messages from the Healthy Planet, Healthy People conference

Following on from the recent Joint Public Health Conference, we are delighted to share a short video featuring highlights and key messages from this online event. The one-day Healthy Planet, Healthy People conference on 30 November was one of the first major conferences to highlight the impacts of climate change on population health on the…

Report: Evidence is building to support a ‘whole systems approach’ to obesity prevention in Northern Ireland 

A holistic or ‘whole systems approach’ to obesity prevention could offer a more effective means of tackling high, unequal and increasing levels of obesity in Northern Ireland. That’s according to a new report examining best international evidence and case studies of this approach, developed by researchers at the Institute of Public Health, Ulster University, Queen’s…

New report will inform regulations for providers of home support services in Ireland

The Department of Health has today published a consultation report, produced by the Institute of Public Health, that will inform the further development of legislation governing providers of home support services in Ireland. The report follows a public consultation on draft regulations governing public, private, and not-for-profit providers of home support services, which was launched…

Draft Regulations for Providers of Home Support Services: An Overview of the Findings of the Department of Health’s Public Consultation

Sheehan, A. and O’Sullivan R. 20 January 2023 DOI: 10.14655/11971-1084904 The public consultation on the draft regulations opened on 16 June 2022 and closed on 04 August 2022, and was undertaken to inform the development of the legislation for Providers of Home Support Services. Over 200 responses were received from individuals and stakeholder-organisations. The report…

Consultation Response: Review of Alcohol Licensing in Ireland

The Institute of Public Health made a submission to the Department of Justice on a Review of Alcohol Licensing in Ireland in January 2022. The submission was made in response to a public consultation on the Sale of Alcohol Bill. Legislation governing the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol in licensed premises are set out…

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…

A whole systems approach to obesity prevention: a rapid synthesis of evidence to inform the Northern Ireland Obesity Prevention Strategy Policy Project Board

A report developed for the Department of Health by the Institute of Public Health, Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast, and University of Hertfordshire.  26 January 2023 Read the report below and download it here. A holistic or ‘whole systems approach’ to obesity prevention could offer a more effective means of tackling high, unequal and increasing…

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,…

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…