Healthy Ireland, the government framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Ireland over the coming generation was launched in March 2013.
Healthy Ireland sets out a wide framework of actions that will be undertaken by Government Departments, public sector organisations, businesses, communities and individuals to improve health and wellbeing and reduce the risks posed to future generations.
The vision is of “A Healthy Ireland, where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility”.
The framework describes four high-level goals and 64 actions that will work together to achieve the goals: -
- increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life
- reduce health inequalities
- protect the public from threats to health and wellbeing
- create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland
Key themes requiring work were identified in the Healthy Ireland framework and these include: -
- governance and policy
- partnership and cross sectoral work
- empowering people and communities
- health and health reform
- research and evidence
- monitoring, reporting and evaluation
Healthy Ireland has identified six priority areas of work: -
- physical activity
- mental health
- sexual health
- tobacco and Alcohol
- spaces and places for health and wellbeing
Healthy Ireland has also identified a range of priority target groups for intervention: -
- children & young people
- disadvantaged communities including disadvantaged men, women & families (including one parent families)
- homeless people
- new communities, asylum seekers, refugees
- older adults
- people with chronic health conditions
- people with disabilities
- Traveller & Roma
- unemployed young people & adults
In an effort to address the above, a whole of government and whole of society approach will be taken to improve health and wellbeing, and the quality of people’s lives.