Celebrating healthy populations is the key theme for the first European Public Health Week being held next week.
Republic of Ireland
A CONSULTATION report on developing a Healthy Workplace Framework has been published by the Department of Health (ROI).
Dublin has been selected as the location for the next Global Alcohol Policy Conference in 2020, the Department of Health in the Republic of Ireland confirmed today.
The conference is held every two years and this 6th conference has a theme of ‘Alcohol Equity and Global Health: the benefit of alcohol control for sustainable development for all’.
On World Cancer Day, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland is highlighting some key facts on the relationship between cancer and health inequalities.
World Cancer Day takes places today – February 4th – and is an initiative that unites the world in the fight against cancer. The event aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about cancer
Health inequalities influence the risk of developing cancer, survival rates and treatment. Some of the key facts relating to cancer on the island of Ireland include:
Updated healthy eating guidelines have been published today by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).
The guide - Healthy Eating, Food Safety and Food Legislation – a Guide Supporting the Healthy Ireland Food Pyramid.- describes how to make the best food choices for health and practical advice to protect people from 5 years of age onwards against diet-related ill health.
THE Government has launched the first pilot of serving hot meals in schools.
The scheme was launched this week at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Inchicore by Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty.
Measures to pilot hot meals in up to 36 schools to 7,200 children were announced in Budget 2019 at a cost of €1m for 2019 and €2.5m in a full year.
The Second National Intercultural Health Strategy for the Republic of Ireland has been launched by the HSE this week.
The HSE says the strategy, which covers the period 2018 to 2023, provides a comprehensive and integrated approach to addressing the many unique health and support needs experienced by the increasing numbers of people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who live in Ireland and access the health service.
THE Government has commenced the Domestic Violence Act 2018 which will improve legal protections available to victims of domestic violence.
The legislation also includes new crimes of coercive control and forced marriage. The laws can protect everybody who is in an intimate relationship.
The offence of coercive control is described as psychological abuse in an intimate relationship that causes fear of violence, or serious alarm or distress that has a substantial adverse impact on a person’s daily activities. Those convicted on indictment face up to five years in jail.
HEALTH experts are urging people who are looking to quit smoking for the New Year not to go ‘cold turkey’ and to seek support from free quit services available.
Research shows that stop smoking services, like HSE’s QUIT service, makes your twice as likely to quit for good.
Support services, in combination with Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and stop smoking medications, makes you tree to four times more likely to quit.
KEY trends across the Irish health system have been highlighted in a new report published by the Department of Health (RoI).
The report features areas around population health, demographics, and key health outcomes. It also highlights the challenges that persist in terms of the accessibility of timely and efficient healthcare across the population.
Some of the key trends include:
Increase in life expectancy is due to significant reductions in major causes of death such as circulatory system diseases and cancer