The Department of Health (NI) has published the 2017 Public Health NI Fact Sheet. The document includes information on general health, mortality and health expectancies at Northern Ireland, Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust and Local Government District (LGD) levels.
Public Health NI Fact Sheet 2017 - data of relevance to IPH work:
- In 2016, 46% of mothers were breastfeeding on discharge from hospital.
- Smoking prevalence among adults stood at 20% in 2016/17.
- Healthy Life expectancy at birth in 2014-16 was 59.1 years for males and 60.9 years for females. Life expectancy at birth in 2014-16 was 78.5 years for males and 82.3 years for females.
- In 2016/17, four-fifths (80%) of adults reported drinking.
Relevant IPH work includes:
- An all-island report Breastfeeding on the island of Ireland (October 2017) highlighted breastfeeding rates across the island.
- A recent IPH snapshot report, Smoke-Free Spaces on the Island of Ireland – an update published in 2017 – highlights steady progress is being made in creating more smoke-free spaces across the island of Ireland. The report presents information from a range of different sources on the progress that is being made and the challenges faced – North and South – towards the development of smoke-free workplaces, cars, health services and public spaces.
- In June 2017 IPH submitted a response to the Citizens’ Assembly meeting on ‘How we respond to the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Population’. Although we are living longer not all are experiencing the benefits of increased years due to inequalities in health and income – this will require significant policy and practice responses both at central and community level. The grand challenge for public health is to add healthy life years to our increasing longevity. The Public Health NI Fact Sheet 2017 data show substantial differences between healthy life expectancy and life expectancy.
- IPH supports the implementation of alcohol policy across the island of Ireland through the North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group. In 2014 the group published a briefing paper on alcohol-related harm ‘Reducing alcohol-related harm by addressing alcohol availability - maximising benefits for North South cooperation’ and has hosted two knowledge exchange seminars:
The Public Health NI Fact Sheet 2017 marks a change in the how information is released as previously a number of these figures would have been published as part of the regional health inequalities report. Outputs are being published earlier with the corresponding inequality analyses following at a later date.