Research & Teaching Events


HBSC Ireland 2018 National Report

9 January 2020

HBSC launch 2020

The 2018 HBSC Ireland Report was launched today Thursday 9 January 2020 by Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD and Minister for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD . 

Download the press release ‌download (392KB)

Download the full report here:
Költő, A., Gavin, A., Molcho, M., Kelly, C., Walker, L., & Nic Gabhainn, S. (2020). The Irish Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) Study 2018. Dublin: Department of Health & Galway: Health Promotion Research Centre, National University of Ireland Galway.  download (5,856KB)

Check the hbsc twitter page: @hbscireland

Report of the Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health (EXPH)

This Opinion on “Options to Foster Health Promoting Health Systems” was prepared by the European Commission's Expert Panel on effective ways of investing in Health (EXPH) and adopted at its 18th plenary on 7 November 2019 after public hearing on 23 October 2019. Professor Margaret Barry, President of IUHPE, is a member of this Panel and was the rapporteur for this document. The report is available at:

 Population Health Seminar - 12.11.19

Yousef Albalawi

We are delighted that Dr Yousef  Albalawi  from the Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway and the Vision Realization Office, Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia will deliver the next seminar on Tuesday 12th November, on the topic of ‘Development of Health Promotion in Saudi Healthcare transformation Programme’. All are welcome to attend, and a light lunch will be served from 12.30pm.

G065, Ground Floor, School of Psychology 1-2pm

 New Series of Policy Briefs

Implementing RSE Policy Brief

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new series of policy briefs, based on the research being conducted in HPRC. The first policy brief is based on the PhD work of Dr Christina Murphy on the Implementation of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in Irish post-primary schools. Implementing RSE Policy Brief

Maximising the Impact of Visual, Creative and Participatory Methods for Health Research


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View our video of the creative workshop facilitated by Dawn Mannay that took place at NUI Galway hosted by HPRC and Quest, funded by the HRB.

BROCHURE - PG Cert Mental Health Promotion

Applications for the Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health Promotion will be closing on Monday 1st July. Please put in your application by this date to be considered for a place on the course starting September 2019.   Apply here

Professor Margaret Barry appointed to Global President IUHPE

Congratulations to Professor Margaret Barry who has been elected as global President of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education. The election took place at the 23rd World Health Promotion Conference in New Zealand in April, 2019.  Margaret holds the Established Chair in Health Promotion and Public Health at NUI Galway and she will be the first woman to be appointed to this position in over 50 years. Speaking on her appointment she commented:

“ I am delighted and very honoured to take on this exciting and important role and look forward to working with all IUHPE members and partners in strengthening the global voice of health promotion and working to advance the implementation of evidence-based health promotion policy and practice based on the principles of participation, equity and social justice.  I invite health promoters across all regions to join with IUHPE and become part of our global network for exchanging knowledge, ideas and innovative practice to help to achieve this vision.”

Further details of IUHPE and the New Executive Board can be found at:

Presentations are available from the 2019 Health Promotion Conference here




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‌‌‌Maximising the Impact of Visual, Creative and Participatory Methods for Health Research

Date: 13 May 2019
Venue: NUI Galway

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The Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC) and QUESTS (Qualitative Research in Trials Centre) will host this one-day creative workshop which will be delivered by Dr Dawn Mannay.  Register at

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What Parents Think About Weaning

26 November, 2018.

New research highlights challenges for parents when starting their babies on solid foods

A new Safefood report led by Dr Colette Kelly and Louise Tully from the HPRC, NUI Galway finds that parents view weaning as an exciting but challenging time as they deal with lots of information and advice on starting their babies on solid foods.

What parents think about weaning (PDF, 500KB)

HPRC and QUESTS secure HRB funding to host workshop on maximising the impact of visual, creative and participatory methods in health research

Dr Colette Kelly, HPRC and QUESTS Co-Chair Dr Catherine Houghton recently secured funding through the Health Research Board (HRB) Conference and Event Sponsorship Scheme 2018 to host a one-day workshop on ‘Maximising the Impact of Visual, Creative and Participatory Methods for Health Research’. Dr Colette Kelly is Director of the Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC), NUI Galway and Chair of the Youth Engagement Group of the WHO Collaborative Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study.

The workshop was held early in 2019,  facilitated by Dr Dawn Mannay .

Further information available from QUEST.‌

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Health Promotion Graduations, November 2018

Congratulations to the 2017/8 cohort on the MA in Health Promotion and the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Promotion who were conferred yesterday at NUI Galway as well as Leonie Sherlock, 2016/17 MA in Health Promotion and Lindsay Sullivan, PhD Health Promotion.

Pictured: Margaret Hodgins, James Kilkenny, Laura Lee, Ian Conboy, Claire O’Farrell, Louise Hayes, Jane Sixsmith.


Putting mental health at the centre – focusing on adolescents in a changing world

Interview with Margaret Barry, Professor of Health Promotion and Public Health at the National University of Ireland Galway.
The theme for World Mental Health Day 2018 is “Young people and mental health in a changing world”.
In this interview with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe Professor Barry discussed what really needs to be done to improve adolescent mental health.

CByrne and youth participants

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D., and Minister of State for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne T.D., today (October 1st 2018) launched the revised MindOut programmes for schools and the youth sector. Press release of the MindOut launch is here.

The MindOut programme has been developed to support the social and emotional wellbeing of young people aged 15-18 years in Irish post-primary schools and youth sector settings. It aims to give teenagers time and space to identify the things that impact on their mental health and to explore how they deal with these issues in their lives.

The programme, developed by the Health Promotion Research Centre at NUI Galway and the HSE’s Health Promotion and Improvement Department, has been proven to strengthen young peoples’ social and emotional coping skills and improve their overall mental health and wellbeing. Training in the programme will be provided by the HSE and the National Youth Health Programme (NYHP). Further information on the programme and training is here.

The report is available for download MindOut Executive Summary Report.

Trends and inequalities in adolescent alcohol behaviours across Europe

September 2018

A new report launched on September 26th by the World Health Organisation European Office includes data from HBSC Ireland on alcohol use among schoolchildren in Ireland between 2002 and 2014. Overall the report demonstrates that alcohol consumption, early initiation and drunkeness are decreasing across Europe and that there are fewer gender differences in alcohol behaviour than in the past. Of particular relevance are very substantial (around 20%) reductions in drunkeness among adolescents in Ireland between 2002 and 2014.
“To ensure the successes achieved so far are maintained, governments are urged to adopt approaches which engage the population at all ages. In addition, more efforts are needed, particularly in countries where the rate of change has been slow. Investments in adolescent health pay off with a triple dividend of benefits for adolescents – now, for their future adult lives and for the next generation.” Carina Ferreira Borges | WHO Regional Office for Europe Programme Manager for Alcohol and Illicit Drugs 
The full report can be downloaded from

Alva White interviews PhD student Kate Dawson, NUI Galway about 'The Truth About Irish Attitudes to Porn'. Read the article at: 

Noel Baker from the Irish Examiner reports on findings from the 2014 Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children Ireland on how alcohol use, overall risky behaviour and even unhealthy eating can be predictors of early adolescent sex. Further details at


Research on Health Literacy in the Healthcare Environment

Jane Sixsmith and Verna McKenna of the Health Promotion Research Centre are members of an International consortium (with partners from the Netherlands (UMCG, RUG) Belgium (EURASHE), Italy (ARS), Slovakia (UPJS) and Germany (Jacobs University) who have successfully secured European funding for IMPACCT (IMproving PAtient Centered Communication Competences). The main objective of IMPACCT is to improve the relevance and quality of education of medical and nursing students in Europe through the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of an evidence-based Health Literacy Educational Program. To keep yourself informed join the group at LinkedIn: or visit the website:

AHPI Launch of Voluntary Register for Health Promotion Practitioners

8 February 2018

AHPI launch of register


The Association for Health Promotion Ireland (AHPI) has just launched the new voluntary register for health promotion practitioners in Ireland. Details can be viewed at

Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrnes also ‘welcomes the establishment of the Health Promotion Registration System, which is a core milestone in the advancement of Health Promotion in Ireland. She congratulates the Association on achieving this recognition from the International Union of Health Promotion and Education and acknowledges the significant opportunities for networking at a global level’.

(Pictured L-R Paula Campbell, Chairperson AHPI, Professor Margaret Barry, Chair Health Promotion NUI Galway, David Bergin, Institute of Public Health, Kathryn Meade, Chair of the Accreditation Committee, Ashling Jennings, MA Health Promotion, NUIG graduate, Dr Trish Heavey Vice Chair AHPI, Biddy O’ Neill, Healthy Ireland).

Launch of the Irish Workplace Behaviour Survey

24 January 2018

The Irish Workplace Behaviour Survey, launched today, reveals that more than two in five people say they have experienced a form of ill-treatment at work, while one in 12 have experienced and/or witnessed physical violence. This is despite most organisations having policies in place to prevent it. Full report is available for download or more details are on the IOSH website.