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Alcohol website

No matter how much you drink, find out how it affects your health and mental wellbeing at www.askaboutalcohol.ie, a new website from the HSE

The HSE has launched a new website for the public on alcohol – about how much we’re drinking, how it affects us healthwise, and how we can gain more by drinking less.

Speaking at the launch this morning, Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, HSE National Director for Health & Wellbeing said, “This is the first HSE website that  provides dedicated information about alcohol risk and offers support and guidance to anyone who wants to cut back on their drinking.

Comprehensive surveys show that harmful drinking patterns have become the norm for many people in Ireland, while awareness of the significant risk associated with these drinking patterns remains low.  The HSE, in providing a wide range of health and related services, has insight into the impact of alcohol harm nationally.  Whether it is through the well-known ED experience or right through inpatient and mental health services, our experts are well-placed to engage with the public to advise and support individuals in making clear and informed choices.”

www.askaboutalcohol.ie has been created to provide authoritative information source on alcohol risk to enable everyone to manage their own health better.  It is also designed to work in tandem with public health legislation and planned regulatory changes on alcohol labelling, availability and pricing.

Launching the new website Minister Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy said, “I am delighted that we now have a high-quality and engaging source of evidence-based information on alcohol, provided by the HSE in partnership with our wider health community.  Giving people information on the risks associated with alcohol is of huge value, yet if we want to see positive changes in our drinking habits then we have to make healthier choices about consumption.  The measures in the Public Health Alcohol Bill will help create a supportive environment for making healthier choices when it comes to alcohol.  Ultimately, together, we want to reduce the enormous burden of alcohol related harm on Irish families.”

The HSE’s Ask About Alcohol communications campaign will feature supporting promotional materials, social media content, radio advertisements and a digital marketing campaign to take place across the coming months.

 

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Irish Heart Foundation

The Irish Heart foundation are asking people to sign a petition, share the campaign and help them build a movement that calls on junk brands to Stop Targeting Kids.Click here to sign petition 

The problem There is unequivocal evidence of a causal link between the marketing of junk brands and childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is a serious problem in Ireland. One in four school children is overweight or obese. In terms of childhood obesity, too much focus has been placed on the personal responsibility of parents and children.

The Targeting Social media was supposed to be about making friends, but because of the lack of digital regulation of marketing, platforms have become large advertising billboards. This is worrying - 7-16 year olds spend approximately 3 hours a day online and yet there is only weak voluntary self regulation by industry.

Junk food and drinks brands heavily market to children and so we have a duty in this digital age to protect our kids when they go online. Partial regulation of marketing to children on television and radio was introduced in Ireland by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. In 2013 because many politicians, parents and other members of the public shared these concerns.

 

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Job Specification
 
Title:               Health Promotion Officer
 
Reports to:     Chief Executive
 
Location:         Asthma Society of Ireland, Amiens Street, Dublin 1
 
Hours:             Full-time (37 hours / week)
 
Contract:        1 year fixed term contract
 
Salary:            €32,000 per annum
 
 
The Asthma Society runs a range of health promotion programmes designed to help people with asthma manage their condition effectively. These include a free adviceline, pharmacy clinics and a schools programme. We also provide education and training for healthcare workers on asthma-related issues. We are seeking a Health Promotion Officer to join our dynamic team. This is an opportunity for the right candidate to work for a great charitable organization.
 
To apply please send your CV and a cover letter to hr@asthma.ie before 5pm on 24th February 2017.

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SAOR training (Screening and Brief Interventions for Alcohol Use) taking place in Galway City  on February 23rd. This one day programme aims to enable staff to have a short, structured and helpful conversation with people in relation to their alcohol use. This course is delivered through the Western Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

Who should attend?

Staff who have occasion to ask people about their alcohol use. This could include workers from social care, family support, employment support, vocational training, criminal justice, probation, education, housing support and general health care services.

Dates & Venues:

February 23rd, Galway City

Course Description:

A brief intervention for alcohol use is a short, helpful conversation that focuses on assessing, and if necessary, assists a person to consider and alter their alcohol consumption. Brief interventions have shown to be effective in initiating change in alcohol consumption for people with mild to moderate alcohol-related problems and in helping people with more significant difficulties to access specialised alcohol treatment services. The SAOR Model has been adopted by the HSE as the model-of-choice for delivering brief interventions for alcohol use.

For more details or to book a place  email: training@wrdtf.ie

 

Bridging the GAP for families and individuals living with Autism

Galway Autism Partnership seeks Coordinator

Founded in 2011 Galway Autism Partnership (GAP is a local charity that provides support and services to children with autism in the Galway area and their families).

GAP is currently seeking a Coordinator who will manage the organisation and coordinate activities and fundraising.

Duties:

  • Develop and update operating policies to ensure programmes and activities are implemented safely and in accordance with best practice, particularly with respect to children
  • Deliver through appropriate plans an in accordance with agreed policies and procedures the plans and objectives of the charity
  • Work with the Board to ensure that a strategy is in place, which can guide the organisation in achieving objectives and meet the needs of the membership
  • Have responsibility for the day-to-day financial management of the charity, including preparation of budgets for agreement by the Board
  • Define, secure and manage the resources (human, material and financial) needed to operated effectively
  • Maintain effective correspondence with all stakeholders and ensure that GAP is presented in an appropriate and professional manner to its stakeholders
  • Seek opportunities to expand and promote the role and increase awareness of the charity and its work in its partnership model Represent the charity in public forums such as conferences and professional meetings
  • Develop income generation strategies to maintain and enhance the level of funding from existing sources and develop new funding streams
  • Develop and build partnerships with stakeholders to maximise opportunities for income generations
  • Provide direction and support to any staff, contractors or volunteers in the organisation
  • Advocate across sectors for the development of policies and services that will impact positively on service users and stakeholders
  • Increase awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder to the general public
 

Qualifications and personal specifications

  • Third level degree or equivalent in community development, health promotion, family resource or other related discipline
  • Minimum of three years relevant experience in a similar role
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience in  making presentations or engaging with the media
  • Flexibility to work on weekends or evenings if required
  • Ability to apply leadership skills in order to influence, motivate and enable others to achieve the organisation’s aims and objectives
  • Ability to identify opportunities to work collaboratively with potential partners in the community, education and health sectors and build relationships
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder and a passion for social justice and equality
  • Report to the Board of Directors

Employment Details

  • This is a full time position  (39 hours a week)
  • Office is based in Newcastle, Galway
  • One year fixed term contract
  • Annual leave of 20 days plus statutory holidays

Application Information   

Please submit a full CV with a covering letter to Sile Coen, GAP, Tigh Ronan, 36 Laurel Park Newcastle Galway. Or email: edel@galwayautismpartnership.com

Closing date for applications                                                                                                                              

Friday 10th February 2017

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