Public Health Department
The Director of Public Health is responsible for the co-ordination and provision of all aspects of public health in Gibraltar.
Implementation of infection control policies
Education of GHA staff
Immunizations – provided by School Nurses
Hepatitis B and BCG
Does not include travel vaccines, These are provided privately
Notification of cases
Health & Lifestyle Survey Report 2015
In 2014, the Government of Gibraltar gave its commitment to a second Health and Lifestyle survey, following the successful publication of the first Survey in the previous year.
The new Survey took place in February 2015 and its results are now available to the public in the record time of 21 months.
The Survey report contains a wealth of information about the health and lifestyle of our population, but the top four findings are:
• The levels of Obesity remain high. Three out of Five adults in Gibraltar are overweight or obese.
• Smoking levels are high. Smoking prevalence in Gibraltar is higher than in all the countries chosen for comparison.
Smoking has actually increased from 2008, particularly in younger people.
• Alcohol consumption in the population is generally low at all ages and in comparison to the countries studied.
• Gibraltar people have a good awareness of the risk factors related to skin cancer and have a generally healthy attitude towards risky sunbathing behaviour.
The Survey report contains a lot more detail than this. For example, it also examined what people eat, their perceptions about their health, how they exercise, their use of health services and many other aspects of health and lifestyle.
All in all, over 24,000 separate pieces of data have been captured and analysed.
The Report will be widely available as from December 2016.
A limited quantity of print copies of the full 200-page report has been produced and will be distributed to libraries, schools and other locations where the public can access it.
A condensed 16-page version of the report has also been produced and will be distributed to people’s homes in Gibraltar.
A PDF version of the full report is available to view and download by clicking on the image below.