Traveller Focus Week Presents New Health Study

02/12/2010

Findings from the All Ireland Traveller Health Study, carried out by University College Dublin, were presented today at an event organised by An Munia Tober, the Traveller Support Organisation. Dr Leslie Boydell presented a response on behalf of Belfast Trust outlining the commitments made in the Trust’s Traveller Health Strategy and action plan. This has been developed by the Traveller Strategy Board, chaired by Bernie McNally, Director of Social and Primary Care, to address the health needs of Travellers

Findings from the All Ireland Traveller Health Study, carried out by University College Dublin, were presented today at an event organised by An Munia Tober, the Traveller Support Organisation. Dr Leslie Boydell presented a response on behalf of Belfast Trust outlining the commitments made in the Trust’s Traveller Health Strategy and action plan. This has been developed by the Traveller Strategy Board, chaired by Bernie McNally, Director of Social and Primary Care, to address the health needs of Travellers.

Essential to the implementation of the plan is the employment of two part-time peer Traveller support workers by the Trust, to promote and support uptake of health and social services by Travellers, which will be progressed in the new year.

The study shows that Northern Ireland has an estimated population of 3,905 Travellers living in 1,562 families.

The age profile of the Traveller Community in Northern Ireland is markedly different from that of the general population with 75% of people under thirty and only 1% over sixty-five. The variation is particularly stark in the older age groups reflecting in part a higher birth rate, higher mortality rates and inward migration from the Republic of ireland.

Related documents:
All Ireland Traveller Health Study
Belfast Trust Traveller Health Strategy