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    The 2022 Ireland North and South Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents (Summary)
    (Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2022-08) Research Work Group for Ireland’s Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents
    The Ireland North and South Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents aims to provoke change in priorities, practices and funding in relation to children’s PA across the island of Ireland. This Report Card builds on the work from previous Report Cards in 2014 (6) and 2016 (7) and will aim to serve as a tool for practitioners and policy makers to identify key needs and gaps, and to advocate for and allocate funds to children’s PA promotion initiatives. In addition, the 2022 Report Card will, for the first time, include an indicator on Physical Fitness and a set of grades specific to children and adolescents with disabilities.
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    The 2022 Ireland North and South Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents
    (Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2022-08) Research Work Group for Ireland’s Report Card on Physical Activity in Children and Adolescents
    The Ireland North and South Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Adolescents aims to provoke change in priorities, practices and funding in relation to children’s PA across the island of Ireland. This Report Card builds on the work from previous Report Cards in 2014 (6) and 2016 (7) and will aim to serve as a tool for practitioners and policy makers to identify key needs and gaps, and to advocate for and allocate funds to children’s PA promotion initiatives. In addition, the 2022 Report Card will, for the first time, include an indicator on Physical Fitness and a set of grades specific to children and adolescents with disabilities.
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    Blog: Impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of people living on the island of Ireland
    (Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2021) O'Connor, L.
    The impact of the pandemic on mental health has been a topic of concern for public health leaders, politicians, service providers and carers, as well as people living with mental illness (1-3). Increased feelings of isolation, economic uncertainty, and fear of illness, paired with a disruption to the delivery of mental health services, has changed the landscape for both developing, detecting and managing, mental ill health.
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    IPH response to Department of Health Consultation on the Cancer Strategy for Northern Ireland 2021-2031
    (Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2021-10-21) Institute of Public Health in Ireland
    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 Observations In this submission, the Institute made a series of recommendations, including the benefits of investing in cancer prevention and reduction of modifiable risk factors, the need for a clear roadmap for transformational change, greater collaboration and knowledge sharing with Great Britain and Ireland, and the need to address and reduce health inequalities. The Institute also highlighted the need to improve health literacy and communications around cancer, and to address systematic barriers to cancer care. A programme of research to gather intelligence on the underlying reasons for low cancer survival would be welcomed to identify salient intervention points and inform prioritisation.
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    IPH response to a consultation on a new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland
    (Institute of Public Health in Ireland, 2021) Institute of Public Health in 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 Observations The Institute made a series of recommendations on the proposed new Road Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland, including the following: • Commit to reduce inequalities in injuries and deaths on our roads through targets and specified actions addressing socially disadvantaged and/or vulnerable road users. • Commit to a five-year programme of legislative review and reform to stimulate and maintain a modal shift in road travel and enhance road safety. • Establish a research workstream to agree priorities for the evaluation of road safety interventions. • Enhance the recognition of air pollution as a road safety consideration within the strategy and the responsibility held by this sector to respond to the climate crisis. • Prioritise the reduction of vehicle speed on 30mph roads and mandate for 20mph speed limits outside all schools. • Include public health expertise on the proposed Road Safety Forum and engage public health stakeholders in strategy development and implementation. • Include strategic collaboration with Great Britain and Ireland as a core component of the action plan, particularly in terms of research and data sharing. • Convene a task and finish group to enhance public transport by addressing barriers that may exist; for example, regarding personal safety and accessibility.