Healthy Ireland, A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025 is the national framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of Ireland over the coming generation.
There are Four National High Level Goals:
Goal 1: Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life.
Goal 2: Reduce health inequalities
Goal 3: Protect the public from threats to health and wellbeing
Goal 4: Create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland
In 2016, the Government approved the creation of a Healthy Ireland Fund with an initial national allocation of €5 million approved in Budget 2017 to establish and support the implementation of Healthy Ireland programmes and projects in a variety of settings.
The primary aim of the Healthy Ireland fund is to support innovative, cross-sectoral, evidence-based projects and initiatives that support the implementation of key national policies in areas such as obesity, smoking, alcohol, physical activity and sexual health.
The objectives of the initial stages of the Fund were :
• To raise awareness of, and support for, Healthy Ireland through the funding of community based and national health promotion activities.
• To facilitate and resource cross-sectoral and partnership networks that promote health and well-being.
• To resource the development of locally-led, cross-sectoral strategies promoting health and wellbeing.
• To add value to existing health promotion initiatives through the provision of Healthy Ireland resources.
• To support the health and wellbeing of the most disadvantaged groups and areas and those experiencing significant health inequalities through long-term planning
An integral part of the Healthy Ireland Strand 1 fund, which concluded in June 2018, was to support the development of the Healthy Tipperary Strategy. Following a tender process a consultant Curley Consultants were appointed to develop the Healthy Tipperary Strategy. The research objective was to develop a Healthy Tipperary Strategy that meets locally identified priorities of the general population and is targeted at disadvantaged communities and other vulnerable groups that experience health inequalities and is collaborative and cross sectoral.
A core question of the consultation was “What will Tipperary Look like in 5 years time” and “to identify 3 areas you think need work on to makes this Healthier Tipperary a reality”.
The Healthy Tipperary Strategy is underpinned the 4 National Goals of the Healthy Ireland and national health priorities. The strategy is complimentary to and connects other strategic plans in the county which collectively can affect change to create a healthier Tipperary. The Healthy Tipperary Strategy is underpinned by two high level priorities and ten strategic priority areas.
A sub group on Tipperary Local Community Development Committee (LCDC ) and partners from Children and Young People Services Committee (CYPSC) participated in the development of the strategy. This sub group will continue to evolve and will work in partnership to deliver the priorities as set out in the Healthy Tipperary Strategy.
The Strategy was recommended by the LCDC on 21st of May 2018, it was noted at the September Council meeting and it was formally launched by Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne T.D. on Monday 17th of September 2018.