Review of Ireland’s National Men’s Health Policy

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 |

I have been asked by the Department of Health/Health Services Executive to carry out a review of the impact of Ireland’s National Men’s Health Policy 2008-2013. This review will also inform the future direction of men’s health policy in the context of Healthy Ireland. The Review will be undertaken between June and December 2014.

The Review has four main elements:

  • A national and international literature review.
  • An initial set of in-depth interviews with a small sample of key stakeholders, including members of the National Men’s Health Policy Implementation Group, Health Service Executive officials, and Men’s Health Forum Ireland representatives.
  • An online survey of key respondents in all sectors to elicit information about progress towards implementation of the National Men’s Health Policy’s Strategic Aims, views about governance and inter-departmental working, and a range of other issues. See below for more information about the survey, which is now active.
  • Further in-depth interviews with a wider group of key stakeholders and a focus group discussion with men participating in a local men’s health project.

My work on the Review will be supported by a team of experienced and internationally-recognised men’s health researchers, policymakers and advocates:

  • Dr Ian Banks, President European Men’s Health Forum and Visiting Professor in Men’s Health, The Institute of Nursing and Health Research/School of Nursing, University of Ulster.
  • Dr Paul Galdas, Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of York.
  • Dr Matthew Maycock, Investigator Scientist, Gender and Health Programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow.
  • Steve Robertson, Professor and Co-Director, Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Metropolitan University and Editor-in-Chief International Journal of Men’s Health.
  • David Wilkins, Policy Officer, Men’s Health Forum (England/Wales).

The online survey is now active – and can be accessed here. It’s aimed at people and organisations with some knowledge of men’s health issues in Ireland and will gather a wide range of views about the implementation and effectiveness of the Men’s Health Policy and how policy on men’s health can be developed in the future. The deadline for completion is 17 October 2014 and the survey should take no more than 30 minutes to complete.

If you would like to find out more about my work on the Review, please contact me here. You are also welcome to submit any comments or views about men’s health policy in Ireland – this can be done privately here or publicly using the reply box below.

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