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  • Fourth Public Health Annual Scientific Conference | HSC Public Health Agency
    of our adult population between the ages of 18 64 years The conference will focus on five of the themes within the new Public Health Strategy Making Life Better which was launched in June 2014 by the Northern Ireland Executive The five themes include Equipped throughout life Empowering healthy living Creating the conditions Empowering communities Developing collaboration Three Key Note Speakers will give presentations on their research and expertise on the social determinants of health and health equity The conference will include a morning parallel session and an afternoon parallel session where local researchers practitioners will give 10 minute presentations each followed by a five minute discussion If you would like to attend please complete the booking form below and return it to Lesley Armour by 4pm on Friday 8 May 2015 Please note As numbers are limited you must register for attendance at the conference and we will then advise you if you have been offered a place Downloads Preview Attachment Size Booking form Public Health Annual Scientific Conference 2015 doc 99 5 KB Print Facebook Twitter Site menu Home About Directorates News Publications Contracts Consultations Webcasts Links Contact Legal information Freedom of Information Cookies Privacy Policy Terms of

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/fourth-public-health-annual-scientific-conference (2016-02-11)
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  • Artwork of older people in the frame at gala exhibition | HSC Public Health Agency
    Black Assistant Director of Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement at the PHA said This exhibition is a tribute to the fantastic ability and resource of older people Older people can feel isolated and this art and health programme gives others an opportunity to play an active role in society meeting others in the community enjoying arts and crafts and perhaps even discovering talents they never knew they had These types of programmes not only promote inclusion and active participation in society but also improve the health and wellbeing of participants The exhibition features artwork from artists who have had other careers such as medicine engineering architecture and teaching Dr Jenny Elliott Arts Care Chief Executive said The festival now in its third year continues to go from strength to strength having delivered an exciting arts programme of music drama contemporary dance film making sculpture contemporary jewellery making and printmaking to over 5 000 older people These projects further strengthen the voice of older people in our society It is crucial to champion the right of older people to a vibrant and meaningful cultural life harnessing their creativity with the aim of enhancing their quality of life and improving their sense

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/artwork-older-people-frame-gala-exhibition (2016-02-11)
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  • People invited to share experiences of palliative care | HSC Public Health Agency
    from the Public Health Agency PHA and the Health Service Executive HSE in the Republic of Ireland It is open to people or their carers or families on their behalf with serious conditions such as advanced respiratory disease chronic kidney disease motor neuron disease cancer heart failure dementia among others Corrina Grimes PHA Allied Health Professions Consultant said We really want to hear from people who have stories to tell about their good as well as their not so good experiences This helps deepen our understanding of what makes for good care and what needs to improve AIIHPC Director Paddie Blaney said For people with conditions that cannot be cured the goal of care is the best possible quality of life They may need help with pain and other symptoms but also practical social emotional and spiritual support and they may need that care for weeks months and years up to the end of life We really want to hear from people who have stories to tell about their good as well as their not so good experiences This helps deepen our understanding of what makes for good care and what needs to improve Earlier research carried out by the institute found that people do want to talk about their care and that where people feel better supported their experience of care was better Over two thirds said that planning for the future was their biggest practical worry There was also a need for better and clearer communication 33 said they received too little information too late Others felt the issues were either avoided or jargon was used Hard copies of the survey can be obtained from AIIHPC at 00353 0 1 491 2948 or info aiihpc org Responses are anonymous and take 15 20 minutes to complete Print Facebook

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/people-invited-share-experiences-palliative-care (2016-02-11)
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  • Easter campers be aware of CO poisoning risk linked to BBQs | HSC Public Health Agency
    exhaustion drowsiness dizziness and lightheadedness flu like symptoms palpitations feeling your heart beat oddly chest pain and losing consciousness CO poisoning can be fatal and affect anyone including healthy adults However children older people pregnant women and anyone with heart or breathing problems are more vulnerable to its effects Dr Gerry Waldron Acting Assistant Director of Public Health Health Protection at the PHA advises It is important to remind people going camping or caravanning over the Easter holidays that despite being out in the fresh air carbon monoxide can build up very quickly in enclosed spaces such as tents and awnings to levels that can kill And with the cold weather forecast campers may be tempted to take barbecues inside Barbecues should never be used or left inside tents or awnings once they have been lit or after they have been used they should be disposed of safely ensuring all fire and ashes are completely extinguished It is essential that people take care when using barbecues and ensure that they are safe and used in properly ventilated spaces Anyone who suspects they are suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning while camping should immediately go outside into the fresh air and seek urgent medical attention Carbon monoxide poisoning causes around 50 deaths each year in the UK as well as a number of hospital admissions It is known as the silent killer you can t see it taste it or smell it Carbon monoxide is released from the burning of carbon based fossil fuels including coal gas oil petrol paraffin charcoal and wood Dr Waldron added Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal and can also cause long term health problems if victims are exposed to low doses over a long period of time The signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/easter-campers-be-aware-co-poisoning-risk-linked-bbqs (2016-02-11)
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  • Video highlights simple life-saving bowel cancer test | HSC Public Health Agency
    unsure how to do it In Northern Ireland the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 74 People in this age group will automatically be sent an invitation and a screening kit so they can do the test at home We know that the first time someone receives the kit in the post it can be a bit worrying so we hope that this video will show that the test is very easy to do The kit is used to detect traces of blood in the bowel motion Most people who are tested will have no blood in their bowel motions and will be invited to repeat the screening test again in two years time If any blood is detected this indicates that further tests need to be carried out The video also answers questions about what happens next for those who have some blood detected If someone receives the kit and isn t sure whether they should use it I would encourage them to talk to their friends and family If you do have bowel cancer you don t want to miss out on the opportunity to survive it because you were too embarrassed or didn t find the time to complete the screening test Over half of the people in Northern Ireland who are sent the kit do take part but we need more to take up the opportunity I strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to watch the video and to talk to others about the screening programme Although you should take the test even if you have no symptoms which point towards cancer the PHA is also urging everyone to be aware more generally of the early signs and symptoms of bowel cancer as it is

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/video-highlights-simple-life-saving-bowel-cancer-test (2016-02-11)
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  • Learning from substance misuse experiences | HSC Public Health Agency
    users for many years In 2011 we set up the RSUN to allow service users to have a voice in and to inform alcohol and drug policy and practice in Northern Ireland In 2013 CHNI was given the responsibility to continue to develop the RSUN Yesterday s conference which was planned by service users was a moving testimony to the courage of people who have addressed their addictions and an insight into how important it is for us all to work together in this challenging area Hannah Eynon and Joanne Branigan CHNI coordinators said We are delighted to have hosted our Annual RSUN Conference at Spires in Belfast This was a terrific opportunity to bring like minded people together to discuss the issues relating to addiction and what Harm Reduction means We were pleased to host speakers from each Health and Social Care Trust area who are members of the network We also heard from Anne Marie Cockburn who told her daughter Martha s story and what Martha s death has inspired We hope that the conference will enable participants to assess how Northern Ireland is addressing the challenge of substance misuse and harm reduction and what future course we can take to make sure our work on the issue is as effective as possible Chief Medical Office Dr Michael McBride said Harm reduction and prevention is at the very centre of what our substance misuse strategy is about We will continue to develop and build on our harm reduction services at the same time as focusing on recovery in its broadest sense supporting people on their journey to reduce their substance misuse related harm For me harm reduction is about working with people to set goals that are achievable and realistic for them for example with alcohol misuse that

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/learning-substance-misuse-experiences (2016-02-11)
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  • Put a spring in your step in the brighter evenings | HSC Public Health Agency
    men and 56 of women in Northern Ireland now overweight or obese it is now more important than ever that we look at how we can adapt our behaviours to make healthier more sustainable choices With a few simple steps you can build some activity into your daily routine Try walking or cycling for either part of or your entire journey to work If you have to drive or take the bus park the car a little further away from your destination and walk the rest of the way Hop off the bus a stop or two earlier and walk the rest of the way When you re out and about or in work take the stairs instead of the lift to get your legs moving During your lunch break go for a walk rather than sitting at your desk A 10 minute brisk walk adds to your recommended physical activity target When you get home in the evening instead of slouching in front of the TV go for a walk Get the kids involved too and go to the park with them on their bikes or for a kick about with the football Colette continued Walking is one of the easiest and most accessible forms of exercise for most people and walking in a group can be a great way to stay motivated and enjoy it more Pull on a pair of comfortable shoes and take those first steps to better health Don t forget that any activity is better than none There are free walking groups arranged by your local Health and Social Care Trust and the details of the Walk Leaders can be found on the PHA s website www choosetolivebetter com The website also offers lots of tips on the best ways to get active and

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/put-spring-your-step-brighter-evenings (2016-02-11)
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  • Vulnerable groups getting FareShare of food | HSC Public Health Agency
    FareShare depots and then on to around 70 organisations Colette Rogers Health Improvement Manager at the PHA said Improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities is central to the work of the Public Health Agency Supporting the excellent work of FareShare has benefitted low income families senior citizens and at risk young people among many others As well as benefitting from nutritious meals the get togethers are creating improved social interaction among groups who can often feel isolated Food through FareShare is provided to community and voluntary organisations not to individuals These organisations are selected through an application process They then use the food to prepare meals on site for the groups that use their facilities Maria Jennings Director of FSA in NI said We are pleased to have co funded this report which shows how essential FareShare s work is to vulnerable groups within the community and what a positive impact it is making on people s lives One group who benefits from FareShare is the Newington Day Centre s senior citizen s group Margaret McCrudden the centre s manager said Thanks to FareShare the members of Newington Day Centre enjoy a healthy afternoon tea with lots of fresh fruit yogurts brown bread and often a selection of different cheese Often older people living alone miss out on their five a day as they cannot carry fruit or they see these things as a luxury As a charity we could not provide the range of snacks we have without the dedicated staff and volunteers at FareShare and the generosity of our local stores Notes to the editor Around 400 000 people live in relative income poverty in Northern Ireland Around 100 000 of these are children The greatest impacts reported by the service users as a result of

    Original URL path: http://www.publichealthagency.org/news/vulnerable-groups-getting-fareshare-food (2016-02-11)
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