Commenting on the new digital learning initiative, CEO of the Institute of Public Health, Suzanne Costello, said:
“We are delighted to unveil our new Public Health Matters platform and app. We hope this will appeal to a wide range of public health professionals and to members of the public interested in finding out more about key public health issues.”
"Today we are launching our first digital learning module on Health Impact Assessment but on an ongoing basis, we will be adding new materials, such as a podcast, blogs, videos, and other content and resources. As we further develop this platform and app we hope it will become a reliable source of public health information and a useful tool for those working in the field,”
Joanna Purdy, Public Health Development Officer at IPH added:
“The Institute of Public Health has been working in the field of Health Impact Assessment for more than two decades and is now embracing new digital learning tools to bring HIA and other public health topics to a wider audience. We have developed and launched a short ‘Introduction to HIA’, now available through our new Public Health Matters app on the ByteKast from Aurion Learning platform, and plan to develop further public health-related modules and content in the future."
Commenting on the announcement, Gavin Woods, Managing Director at Aurion Learning said:
“We are delighted to partner with the Institute of Public Health on this innovative learning project. It is really important to get the learning that people need directly into the hands of those who need it. ByteKast from Aurion Learning is the ideal platform to deliver this important Health Impact Assessment content in an innovative and effective way.”
Over the coming months, the Institute will develop new Public Health Matters modules and additional resources which will enable subscribers to further develop their knowledge about HIA and other public health topics including a Public Health Matters podcast series which will become available during the summer months. The podcast will focus on a range of topics, from tobacco, alcohol, and obesity to health inequalities and mental health and will be available through the new app among other platforms.
The Public Health Matters app is free to download on the Google Play (Android) and iTunes store (Apple) and a desktop version will also be available at: https://learning.publichealth.ie/#/journey-view