Primary Healthcare Programme for Travellers

The work of the Primary HealthCare Programme commenced in 2003.  The work continues to have a Primary Health Care ethos which is routed in a community development, peer-led model.  Partnership between OTM and the HSE is the approach used and the strategies are based on policy, needs assessment and inter-sectoral collaboration.  The Offaly PHCP provides a range of information, advocacy and networking roles, with the aim of improving the health of Travellers, including access to health services, policy development and lobbying and monitoring on behalf of Travellers.  A particularly important role is given to the provision of health promotion, information, support and outreach work with Travellers delivered through community based approaches to health.