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Healthy Ireland Survey has cost more than €500k to date in 2016

This is according to figures supplied by the Department of Health to this newspaper.

The first annual survey was completed last year at a total cost of €696,365, which included research costs, printing of the report and the launch.

“Fieldwork for the second wave of the Healthy Ireland Survey has been completed and results will be published later this year,” a Department spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI). “Field work for wave three will commence later this year.”

The annual survey is one of the main tasks of Healthy Ireland, the Government’s flagship public health policy campaign.

“The Healthy Ireland Survey is an annual survey of the health and wellbeing of the population.  The first wave of the survey was carried out by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of the Department of Health during 2014/2015 and was published in October 2015,” said the spokesperson.

“More than 10,000 households were randomly selected for the nationwide survey, which is designed to provide vital data on the state of the nation’s health.  The Healthy Ireland Survey provides a snapshot of key indicators, which influence our health, right across the population. 

“These include lifestyle factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet and mental wellbeing.

“Over 7,500 people aged 15 years and over participated in the first wave of the survey.”

According to the 2015 survey report, probable mental health problems were indicated by 9 per cent of the population. Some 73 per cent ate breakfast every day, with those living in disadvantaged areas less likely to do so.  

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