Public Health

Field Content
Division: Eligibility and Public Health
Unit: Public Health
Head: Chris Fitzgerald
Functions:
  • Public Health Emergency Planning
  • Notifiable Infectious Diseases
  • International Health Regulations
  • Childhood and Adult Immunisation
  • Vaccine Damage
  • Maternity and Infant Care Scheme and Home Birth Policy
  • Child Health issues
  • Screening (excluding cancer screening)
  • Oral Health Policy
  • Dental and Community Audiology Services
  • Fluoridation Policy
  • Tattooing and Body Piercing Issues
Primary Legislation:
  • Health Acts 1947 to 2004
  • Dentists Act 1985
Bodies under aegis of DoHC: Institute of Public Health
Key Publications:
  • National Pandemic Influenza Plan
  • Pandemic Influenza Preparedness for Ireland - Advice of the Pandemic Influenza Expert Group
  • Public Health Emergency Plan
  • Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) - Service Utilisation and Treatment Need (Lot 9)
  • North South Survey of Children's Oral Health 2002
  • Oral Health of Irish Adults 2000-2002
Working Groups:
  • Interdepartmental Committee on Public Health Emergency Planning
  • International Health Regulations (IHR) Implementation Group
  • Vaccine Damage Steering Group
Record Classes: Non-Personal: Records relating to functions outlined above including correspondence, memoranda, briefings, minutes and submissions. Personal: Ministerial Representations, correspondence from individuals and health agencies, and legal cases.
Information Routinely Published: None
Significant Systems:
  • None
Personal Information Holdings: Personal information may be contained in Ministerial Representations, correspondence from individuals and health agencies, and legal cases.
Purpose: Person information is used to investigate individual cases with relevant agency or for forwarding to appropriate agency. Health agencies are obliged by statute to report certain information to the Minister for Health and Children.
Disclosees: HSE, Chief State Solicitor, State Claims Agency
Notes: including info an admin access practice, Ebriefs etc.: Requests for administrative access considered on a case by case basis.