Minister for Health invites expressions of interest for the Healthy Ireland Council
Dynamic people sought to help make Ireland a healthier placeThe Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, today, 22 January 2014, invited expressions of interest for members of the Healthy Ireland Council.The Healthy Ireland Council will bring together key stakeholders and leaders from different sectors of Irish society to support the implementation of Healthy Ireland, Ireland’s framework for improving the health and wellbeing of our people.
“There are no specific qualifications that someone must have to be a member of the Healthy Ireland Council”, the Minister said, “but members should have a national profile and a track record of leading change”.
“Members of the Council will be champions for the vision and goals of Healthy Ireland. They should be capable of persuading their stakeholders that change is necessary, and instilling confidence that together we can make Ireland a healthier place to live, work, play and age”, the Minister continued.
“Healthy Ireland is about bringing all Government Departments and public sector organisations together to promote health and wellbeing across society”. The Minister concluded, “The Council and its members will connect and mobilise communities, families and individuals into a national movement with one aim: to support everyone to enjoy the best possible health and wellbeing.”
The Public Appointments Service (www.publicjobs.ie) is running the application process and the deadline for submission of expressions of interest is Friday 21 February, 2014.
Note for Editors
Healthy Ireland: A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025 was launched in March 2013. It provides a framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of our population over the coming generation, to achieve a greater emphasis on prevention, early intervention and to support keeping individuals and communities well.
The Healthy Ireland framework takes a “whole of Government” and “whole of society” approach to improving health and wellbeing.
It sets out a vision where everyone can enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential, where wellbeing is valued and supported at every level of society and is everyone’s responsibility. The framework has four key goals:
Increase the proportion of people who are healthy at all stages of life
Reduce health inequalities
Protect the public from threats to health and wellbeing
Create an environment where every individual and sector of society can play their part in achieving a healthy Ireland
Healthy Ireland aims to achieve these four key goals through better leadership and governance, better partnerships and better use of resources and evidence.