Making Life Better – A Whole System Framework for Public Health 2013-2023

4 Jun 2014
Patients and public
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  • "Making Life Better" is the strategic framework for public health. It is designed to provide direction for policies and actions to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland and to reduce inequalities in health.
  • It builds on the former public health strategy "Investing for Health" and takes account of consultation feedback on the draft framework "Fit and Well – Changing Lives" and a number of other key reports and evidence.
  • Achieving a healthier Northern Ireland will hinge largely on what is done collaboratively through both policy and practice to influence the wide range of factors that influence lives and choices. The framework is not just about actions and programmes at government level – it also provides direction for work at both regional and local levels with public agencies, including local government, local communities and others working in partnership.
  • Through strengthened co-ordination and partnership working in a whole system approach, the framework will seek to create the conditions for individuals and communities to take control of their own lives, and move towards a vision for Northern Ireland where – "All people are enabled and supported in achieving their full health and wellbeing potential."