Government launches Healthy Ireland Strategic Action Plan 2021-25

Government launches Healthy Ireland Strategic Action Plan 2021-25

The new #HealthyIreland Strategic Action Plan 2021-2025 was officially launched yesterday, May 11 by Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD and Minister of State for Public Health, Well Being and National Drugs Strategy Frank Feighan TD.

This plan provides a clear roadmap of how we can work together to ensure that everyone can enjoy physical and mental, health and wellbeing, to their full potential.

A core component of the implementation of Sláintecare, this Healthy Ireland Strategy will have a particular emphasis on reducing inequalities.

It will involve a comprehensive cross-government approach, with a total of 14 government departments responsible for implementing actions for the next 5 years.

Some of the the targets that Healthy Ireland will aim to deliver in the next three years include:

  • implementation of a healthy campus programme in 30 third level institutions
  • help 4,500 people to live in their own home with dignity and independence through the Sláintecare age-friendly healthy homes scheme
  • develop new policies and action plans addressing sexual health, physical activity, nutrition, obesity and mental health promotion
  • add 500 more clubs to the GAA health clubs model, as well as drive participation amongst other sporting organisations
  • by 2022 develop 18 Sláintecare healthy communities in disadvantaged areas

The ongoing implementation of Healthy Ireland is a key action under Sláintecare.

Prevention of illness, in addition to supporting people to live healthier lives, is also a vital element in reducing the demand for hospital services and improving quality of life.

The plan can be read in full HERE.

Further information on local supports relating to general health is available HERE.