While we fully develop our website, you can find below latest work and reports published by the Institute.

Press release: Loneliness emerging as a key public health challenge for the population during the pandemic

Loneliness is emerging as a key health challenge for the population and a public health approach can help tackle the issue, experts told an all-island webinar hosted by the Institute of Public Health today. Over 1,000 people involved in public health, community services and research on the island of Ireland – North and South –joined…

Progress made to protect population health, but tobacco remains leading cause of preventable death

National No Smoking Day, February 17th WHILE significant progress has been made to protect the population from the harms caused by smoking, tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death in Ireland – according to the Institute of Public Health. The Institute – which informs public policy to support healthier populations in Ireland and Northern…

Consultation report to inform National Adult Safeguarding Policy

A new report by the Institute of Public Health for the Department of Health to inform the development of a National Adult Safeguarding Policy for the health and social care sector has been published. The Institute undertook a series of focus group consultations with health and social care service users on behalf of the Department…

Webinar: Covid-19 and rethinking loneliness

Register now for the Institute of Public Health’s webinar focused on the impact of Covid-19 on loneliness in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The webinar will take place on Thursday, February 25th between 11am – 12.15pm and you can register here.  Loneliness is emerging as a key public health challenge for the population during the Covid-19…

Technical resource: Aide to interpretation of alcohol deaths

The Institute has published a new technical resource – Alcohol deaths in Ireland and Northern Ireland: an aide to interpretation – to inform policy on this issue. The technical resource aims to support individuals and organisations who are interpreting data on alcohol-related deaths on the island. Following a UK wide consultation in 2017, ‘alcohol-specific deaths’…

The Lancet article: Will the pandemic reframe loneliness and social isolation?

The Institute of Public Health, in partnership with Ulster University and Trinity College, have published an article in The Lancet Healthy Longevity focused on the COVID-19 pandemic and reframing loneliness and social isolation. The article – which can be viewed here –supports policy and research work in this important area for population health. The authors…

Consultation response: Reducing harm related to gambling in Northern Ireland

The Institute of Public Health responded to the Northern Ireland Assembly All Party Group on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling. The All Party Group (APG) on Reducing Harm Related to Gambling has been established to address issues associated with gambling harm in the community. Gambling is a significant public health and social issue. Read the…

Mid-Term Review of Northern Ireland’s Tobacco Strategy

The Department of Health in Northern Ireland undertook a mid-term review of its Ten-Year Tobacco Control Strategy (2012-2022), with a view to making recommendations for its remaining term. The goals of the strategy are: Fewer people starting to smoke More smokers quitting Protecting people from tobacco smoke To inform the Department’s mid-term review, the Institute…

Playback: Joint Public Health Conference 2020

If you missed the all-island Joint Public Health Conference 2020, you can now playback all the sessions and listen to the keynote speakers. The conference, which took place virtually on November 17th, 2020, focused on Picking Up the Pieces – Public Health and COVID-19. It brought together leading international experts to discuss how COVID-19 has…

Factsheet: COVID-19 and Physical Activity

The Institute of Public Health has launched a new factsheet series providing evidence relating to COVID-19 and key public health topics.  This factsheet provides a summary of evidence relating to COVID-19 and physical activity.  Click here to view it.  Each factsheet is a ‘snapshot’ based on a review of available evidence at the time of…

Joint Public Health Annual Conference

Registration is now open to attend the virtual all-island Joint Public Health Conference on November 17th.  The theme for the online conference is Picking up the Pieces – Public Health and COVID-19.  It will bring together leading international experts to discuss how COVID-19 has affected our lives, with a focus on how the pandemic has impacted…

Webinar: Physical Activity and the Pandemic

Keeping active and well as we grow older is a key challenge for public health. This event will focus on the value of sustaining physical activity as we get older and how to support populations to do so.  Speakers from Ireland, the UK, and Australia will share evidence, policy and best practice. The webinar will…

Institute of Public Health welcomes report by Commission on Alcohol Harm

The Institute of Public Health welcomes a new report published by the independent Commission on Alcohol Harm.  The commission found that a new UK-wide alcohol strategy is needed to to address alcohol related harms in Northern Ireland and across the UK, and that a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol should be introduced.  The Commission…

Factsheet: COVID-19 & Tobacco

The Institute of Public Health has launched a new factsheet series providing evidence relating to COVID-19 and key public health topics.  The first factsheet provides a summary of evidence relating to COVID-19 and tobacco. Click here to view it.  Each factsheet is a ‘snapshot’ based on a review of available evidence at the time of…

***This survey is now closed*** – New survey for health professionals focused on physical activity in older adults

***SURVEY CLOSED*** A NEW survey has been launched by the Institute of Public Health to develop a greater understanding of the knowledge, practice and decision making among health professionals in relation to physical activity promotion with older adults on the island of Ireland.  Click here to take the survey. We know that being physically active is one of the most important first steps that people of all…

Institute of Public Health welcomes commitment to a full public consultation on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol in Northern Ireland.

The Institute of Public Health welcomes the announcement by Health Minister Robin Swann of a commitment to hold a full public consultation on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol in Northern Ireland.  Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol is an important public health policy measure which seeks to reduce alcohol-related harm at both an individual and societal level as well as making an important contribution in helping to tackle…

Blog: The importance of arts for older people’s health and wellbeing

In this blog, Laura McQuade from the Institute of Public Health, explores the role of the arts to support population health. Over the last number of years there has been a growing cognisance of the positive health benefits that arts and creativity programmes can have on society.1 A recent scoping report commissioned by the World…

Blog: Menthol moves on – a milestone to reducing tobacco consumption

In this blog, Olivia O’Brien, discusses a new law banning the sale of menthol tobacco products across Ireland and Northern Ireland.  Olivia is completing an internship with the Institute as part of her Masters in Public Policy at UCD. With a lot of focus on the response to Covid-19, the ban on the sale of…

Blog: Sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen: covering up for cancer prevention

In this blog, Lauren Rodriguez, Public Health Development Officer with the Institute of Public Health, discusses some of the findings from a new report on children’s sun safety behaviours in Ireland. Skin Cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in Ireland, making it a major public health concern. Nationally, over 11,000 non-melanoma cancers and 1,100 invasive…

New report presents first data on sunburn, sun protection behaviours and sunbed use in under-18’s

A NEW report published by the Institute of Public Health and NUI Galway’s Health Promotion Research Centre presents data on sunburn, sun smart behaviours and sunbed use by children for the first time. The report, Children’s exposure to ultraviolet radiation – risk profile for future skin cancers in Ireland, presents data on risk factors in…

Alcohol Data Directory

The Alcohol Data Directory – www.alcohol.iph.ie – features data on alcohol consumption, related harms, and retail of alcohol.  The resources in the directory are open access and originate from government-led departments and research. This resource was developed as part of a programme of all-island cooperation on alcohol policy driven by the North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group…

Webinar: Launch of children’s exposure to ultraviolet light – a risk profile for future skin cancer risk in Ireland

NOTE: The webinar has already taken place. Click here to watch the recording and access the report. Wednesday,17 June 2020 11am – 1.10pm (GMT) The report , Children’s exposure to ultraviolet radiation – risk profile for future skin cancers in Ireland, presents data on risk factors in Ireland for developing skin cancer in adult life and is…

Launch of survey on loneliness and isolation – get involved

A NEW survey has been launched by the International Loneliness and Social Isolation Research Network (I-LINK) to find out how people are coping during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Institute of Public Health is one of several organisations supporting the survey. Ulster University, Trinity College Dublin, Maynooth University, St James’s Hospital along with researchers from US,…

Blog: Covid-19, growing old and healthy

It is European Public Health Week and today’s focus is on growing old and growing healthy. Dr Conor Cunningham from the Institute of Public Health provides some practical tips on how we can stay active during this time. Increase in life expectancy represents one of the greatest public health successes of the 20th Century. While…