Healthy Ireland in the Health Services

The first national implementation plan for Healthy Ireland in the Health Services 2015-2017 was launched in 2015 with significant achievements noted on implementing many of the 126 actions throughout all levels of the health service.  The plan is available for download at the end of this page.


The plan has three strategic priorities


You can also access the new Healthy Ireland in the Health Service progress report 2015-2020.

Health Service Reform

Our Greatest Opportunity

Several governance, accountability and reform related actions have already commenced that are creating an environment for sustainable implementation of the Healthy Ireland Framework within the health service.

Reducing the burden of Chronic Disease

Our Greatest Challenge

Reducing Chronic Diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, heart and lung disease, will yield substantial benefits for individuals and for wider society.  Changing lifestyle behaviours and addressing the attributable risk factors - smoking, high blood pressure, overweight and obesity, high cholesterol, alcohol, physical inactivity and poor diet - can help change some of the stark trends that predict chronic diseases to increase by up to 40% by 2020.  Our National Policy Priority Programmes are designed to reduce this burden of illness among our population.  

Improving Staff Health and Wellbeing

Healthy ireland goals circle imageOur Greatest Asset

There is strong evidence that much can be done to improve the health and wellbeing of employees. Workplace health programmes have been identified by the WHO as one of the 'best buy' options for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases and for mental health and wellbeing.  For further information on programmes, guides and policies aimed to support and improve staff health and wellbeing visit Staff Health and Wellbeing