Category Archives: Ireland

NEW CHILD SAFETY WEBSITE

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

A new child safety website has been developed by the Department of Public Health Midlands to support its Child Safety Awareness Programme (CSAP). The aim of the programme is to reduce and prevent unintentional injury to children within the home by supporting parents and carers to make the necessary changes to promote child safety.

DUBLIN JOINS UNITED NATIONS WOMEN SAFE CITIES GLOBAL PROGRAMME

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

Dublin City Council has joined the United Nations Women Safe Cities Global Programme (SCGP). The programme was launched in 2010 and works in cities across the globe to prevent and reduce sexual harassment and violence in public places.

 

 

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S: ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY 2013-2020

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

The Irish government is aiming to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 per year by 2020. Last year, 162 people lost their lives on Irish roads.

The target is contained in the government’s fourth Road Safety Strategy, Closing the Gap, which has just been launched. It is also aiming to reduce the number of serious injuries arising from road accidents to 330 per year by 2020.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND’S: ROAD SAFETY STRATEGY 2013-2020

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 2013

The Strategy – ‘Closing the Gap’ – will run until 2020 and aims to make Ireland one of the safest countries in terms of road deaths in the EU. It will also focus on new measures to reduce the number and severity of serious injuries arising from road collisions.

The new Strategy sets a specific target for 2020 to reduce the number of road deaths to 124 a year (from 162 in 2012) and serious injuries to 330 per year (from 485 in 2012). This drop is necessary to close the gap between Ireland and other best performing countries such as the UK, Netherlands, Sweden and Australia.

WHERE TO FIND INJURY DATA AND STATISTICS IN THE UK AND IRELAND?

Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
Date: 
2013

To help injury practitioners find relevant and up to date injury related statistics; IOBI have produced guides on where to find injury data in the constituent countries of the UK and Ireland. As well providing guidance on where to find general statistics, links to themed statistics (e.g. road accidents, self-harm, falls) are also provided. England and Wales guides also include: injury related strategies, policies and reviews, and further information on selected injury databases.

Please also refer to Data and Statistics in the Cross-Cutting Themes section

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

CAPIC SYSTEMATIC REVIEW DATABASE & SAFETYLIT

A huge amount of research on preventing injuries is carried out across the world. It is difficult for injury prevention practitioners to keep up to date with the latest scientific evidence. Increasingly, scientists are pulling together all the high quality studies on particular topics and collating the results in systematic reviews.

INVENTORY OF YOUTH SERVICES IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2012

The National Suicide Research Foundation has published an inventory of services for young people. The inventory was developed in response to requests from professionals, volunteers and young people who expressed a need for an inventory of services that young people can turn to for general and mental health issues. The inventory is available at the NSRF’s website.

BOOKLET ON MOTORWAY DRIVING IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2012

Ireland’s motorway network has expanded in recent years and there has been an increase in motorway traffic incidents. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has published a new information booklet to help drivers to safely use motorways.

GUIDES ON WHERE TO FIND INJURY DATA AND STATISTICS IN THE UK AND IRELAND

Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
Date: 
2012

To help injury practitioners find relevant and up to date injury related statistics; IOBI have produced guides on where to find injury data in the constituent countries of the UK and Ireland. As well providing guidance on where to find general statistics, links to themed statistics (e.g. road accidents, self-harm, falls) are also provided. England and Wales guides also include: injury related strategies, policies and reviews, and further information on selected injury databases.

NEW DRINK-DRIVING LIMITS COME INTO EFFECT IN THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2011

New drink-driving limits came into effect in the Republic of Ireland on 27 October. The blood alcohol concentration limits were decreased from 80 milligrams (mg) to 20 mg for learner, novice and professional drivers,50 mg for all other drivers. The reductions bring Ireland’s drink-driving limits into line with other European countries.

NEW DATA SHOW THAT ROADS DEATHS IN IRELAND HALVED OVER THE PAST DECADE

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2011

New data published by the Road Safety Authority and An Garda Síochána show that the number of road deaths in Ireland decreased by 48% between 2001 and 2010. The number of people seriously injured decreased by 58% during the same period. The largest decreases in fatalities occurred among pedal cyclists (75%), motor cyclists (66%) and pedestrians (54%).

NATIONAL REGISTRY OF DELIBERATE SELF HARM ANNUAL REPORT 2009

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2010

The National Suicide Research Foundation recently published the eighth annual report of the National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm. It is based on data collected on persons presenting as a result of deliberate self harm to any of the 39 hospital emergency departments that operated in Ireland in 2009.

ONLINE VIDEO EDUCATES CYCLISTS AND DRIVERS OF HEAVY GOODS VEHICLES ABOUT SAFETY SHARING THE ROAD

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2010

new on-line video has been produced to educate cyclists and drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGV) about safely sharing the road, particularly in urban areas.  The initiative was led by the Road Safety Authority in association with the Department of Transport, Dublin City Council, Local Authorities, Irish Road Haulage Association and Cyclist.ie.

SURVEY OF LIFESTYLES, ATTITUDES AND NUTRITION IN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2010

This is the third national Survey of Lifestyle, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN) in Ireland, conducted in 2007 using face-to-face interviews with adults aged 18 years or over, interview ed at home addresses. SLÁN 2007 follow s on from two previous surveys using postal questionnaires. The report includes findings on alcohol and the use of illicit drugs, as well as injuries necessitating medical consultation.

ANALYSIS OF INPATIENT ADMISSIONS DATA FOR INJURIES ACROSS BRITAIN AND IRELAND

Countries Covered: Great Britain and Ireland
Date:
 2010

IOBI have developed a specification which will enable comparative analysis of inpatient data across the 5 countries in Britain and Ireland. Agreeing consistent case definitions and appropriate methodologies for use across all five nations was a major focus of the work. This was important because inpatient data varied from country to country in terms of availability, definitions, inclusion and exclusion criteria, coding systems, coding practices and reporting timeframes.

INDICATIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH: DRUG MISUSE

Countries Covered: UK and Ireland
Date: 
2009

The Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) has published the 10th report in its Indications of Public Health in the English Regions series. The new report contains 46 different indicators of drug use relating to the individual, community and population across all nine English regions, with additional analysis of sub-regional inequalities where possible. The data is intended to improve both prevention initiatives and the lives of drug users through informing a better understanding of their treatment needs.

STRATEGY TO PREVENT FALLS AND FRACTURES IN IRELAND’S AGEING POPULATION

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2008

The Health Service Executive, Department of Health and Children and National Council on Ageing and Older people have jointly prepared a strategy to “Prevent Falls and Fractures in Ireland’s Ageing Population”. Falls and fractures in older people can be prevented and this strategy outlines a range of measures that should assist older people to avoid falls, and to protect them from the more serious consequences of a fall or fracture.

ROAD SAFETY AUTHORITY STRATEGY 2007-2011

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2007

Ireland’s third Road Safety Strategy seeks to build on the progress and understanding provided by the first two strategies (1998-2002 and 2004-2006), with the objective of radically – and sustainably – improving safety on Irish roads. It draws on the insight and experience of countries implementing best practice in road safety, among them The Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, Norway and France. New Zealand, the states of Victoria and Queensland in Australia, and a number of states in the USA also provided valuable input.

PROTECT LIFE: A SHARED VISION. THE NORTHERN IRELAND SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY & ACTION PLAN 2006 – 2011

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2006

The Northern Ireland Suicide Prevention Strategy – ‘Protect Life’ Consultation document was published by the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in March 2006. This was the culmination of the work of the N Ireland Suicide Taskforce and also marked the beginning of a collaborative and determined implementation process to see the number of suicides within N Ireland reduced. A particular focus was placed within the strategy on reducing the number of suicides in young males and also to addressing the rising rates of self harm.

REACH OUT. NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR ACTION ON SUICIDE PREVENTION

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2005

The national strategy for action on suicide prevention, titled Reach Out, was published in September 2005.1 The definition of suicide used by the authors was ‘suicide is a conscious or deliberate act that ends one’s life when an individual is attempting to solve a problem that is perceived as unsolvable by any other means’. Reach Out makes the point that social changes have impacted on the nature and extent of suicidal behaviour in Ireland. Suicide rates doubled during the 1980s and 1990s. This was a time when society experienced considerable transition from an agricultural rural economy to an urban service-orientated one.

THE NATIONAL HEALTH PROMOTION STRATEGY 2000-2005

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2005

The purpose of this new health promotion strategy is to set out a broad policy framework within which action can be carried out at an appropriate level to advance the strategic aims and objectives.

HOME ACCIDENT PREVENTION STRATEGY & ACTION PLAN 2004-2009

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2004

The overall aim is “To reduce the number of accidental deaths and injuries in the home.” It is recognised that this aim will take time to achieve and therefore this 5 year plan represents only the first phase of a long-term strategy to increase people’s awareness of the dangers and to highlight ways to prevent home accidents. In addition, the aim will only be realised through an integrated partnership approach including statutory, voluntary and community sectors.

INJURY IN IRELAND

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2001

Cancers, heart disease and injuries are the three major causes of premature mortality in Ireland. Injuries are almost certainly the main cause of severe acquired disability in those under 65 years of age. Just as a co-ordinated strategy of prevention and treatment was needed for cancer and heart disease, so a co-ordinated strategy for injury prevention and treatment is urgently required.