It has long been recognised that health promotion plays a pivotal role in society and this is underpinned by recent government policies and strategies that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone living in Ireland. In order to facilitate these policies and strategies, it is essential that the Health Promotion profession have the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to translate policy, theory, and research into effective action. This is critical to ensure accountable, ethical, and efficient practice. 

Yesterday we launched our Health Promotion Professionalism Statement at the HPRC Annual Health Promotion Conference. It is another step towards developing standards for Health Promotion Practitioners working in Ireland. We would encourage you to share this document with any of your colleagues who are working in Health Promotion. By working together we can improve the health and wellbeing of all in society. 

Click here to see the full statement. 

AHPI welcomed the publication earlier in the week of the new National Mental Health Policy – ‘Sharing the Vision – A Mental Health Policy for all’. This provides a valuable roadmap for the provision of mental health services in Ireland over the next 10 years.

The new policy focuses on mental health promotion, recovery, the prevention of mental ill health and early intervention. We specifically welcome the recognition of the various components, personal and societal that influence mental health through the ‘Determinants of Health’ model. The policy also recognises the need for a whole of population, whole of government approach to the success and delivery of mental health services.

The policy highlights many of our Health Promotion Competencies we as practitioner align our work to, with specific focus on the Implementation of policy level action across the lifetime.  

We wish all our colleagues every success in applying and delivering on this new policy over the next 10 years.


Link to Policy -

There are a number of current vacancies in Jigsaw’s Mental Health Promotion Department, application details can be found here 
These include three Youth Mental Health Promotion roles as follows:

·         Youth Mental Health Promotion Coordinator | Education Settings (Full-time, fixed term, 3 years)

·         Youth Mental Health Promotion Coordinator | Community Settings (Full-time, fixed purpose, 8 months)

·         eLearning Design Officer (Full-time, permanent)

There is also a vacancy for a Youth Participation Manager (full-time, permanent).

Implementing Sexuality Education in Irish Schools:Towards research-informed policy and practice

This new policy brief on RSE Implementation, is based on the PhD work of Christina Murphy under the supervision of Professor Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, Discipline of Health Promotion,NUI Galway.

Click here to read the policy brief in full.

policy brief


TITLE: Support Services Coordinator / Prevention & Education

PRINCIPAL ROLE: You will be responsible for providing personal support to AIDS West clients and service users and delivering prevention & education initiatives.
Supporting people living with STIs with a focus on those living with HIV 
Pro-actively supporting AIDS West clients and service users
Assisting with Rapid HIV & STI Testing
Development & delivery of education & prevention programmes and initiatives
Maintaining relationships, liaison, and co-operation with staff at the STI Clinic 
Maintaining confidential client records
Complete any training that would be necessary to maintain professional competency within the team. Also to facilitate and encourage relevant research projects.
Developing strategies for peer support where appropriate.  This could involve supervised meetings between clients, organising peer telephone support, as well as inviting clients to meetings in AIDS West
Networking with other organisations to develop a referral system and to co-ordinate prevention initiatives specifically for the target groups
Compiling statistics and preparing progress reports as required
Contributing to the promotions and activities of AIDS West
Fulfilling any training or tasks as directed by the CEO
There may be some requirements to work evenings and weekends for which the post holder is entitled to time off in lieu.

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