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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…

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…