STSG - Sligo Traveller Support Group

The All Ireland Traveller Health Study

The All Ireland Traveller Health Study (AITHS) is the first study of Traveller health status and health needs that involves all Travellers living on the island of Ireland, North and South. It arose from a recommendation in the Department of Health and Children’s National Traveller Health Strategy – 2002-2005 (Department of Health and Children, 2002): ‘A Traveller Needs Assessment and Health Status Study to be carried out to develop and extend the indicators collected in the last survey of Travellers’ Health Status (HRB, 1987) and to inform appropriate actions in the area of Travellers’ Health’.

The All Ireland Traveller Health Study was launched formally by the Minister for Health, Mary Harney T.D. on 10th July, 2007 and was attended by statutory and voluntary Traveller organisations from throughout the island of Ireland. It was by then 20 years since Traveller health had been last examined in ROI by the Health Research Board (Barry and Daly, 1988; Barry et al., 1989). Those findings highlighted that Travellers of all ages have much higher mortality rates than the general population, with differentials in life expectancy averaging 11 years less than the general population. Minister Harney stated at the launch in 2007:

‘...Traveller Health is a priority area and considerable work has been undertaken, in consultation with the interest groups, in commissioning this study. The purpose of the Study is to examine the health status of Travellers, to assess the impact of the health services currently being provided and to identify the factors which influence mortality and health status. It will provide a framework for policy development and practice in relation to Travellers’.


Key Findings from Our Geels – All Ireland Traveller Health Study


Age structure

Life Expectancy






Main Causes of Death


Causes of gap in levels of morbidity and mortality among Travellers


Social Determinants




Adult Health Services



Value of Primary Health Care for Traveller Projects


Health Information

Women’s Health   


Social Capital

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