UCD to reveal results of Travellers' health study

A study will be launched later today on the health of Travellers in Ireland.

It looked at areas including health services available to the Travelling community, their health needs and life expectancy.

It is believed to expose wide gaps between services for Travellers' health and the general population.

The All-Ireland Traveller Health Study examined the types of health services available to the Travelling community, whether they use health services, and the factors which affect their well being.

Mortality rates and life expectancy, birth rates and child health were all examined and it is believed the report will show wide differences between the mortality rates of the general population and Travellers.

The study also looked at perceptions of Travellers to their own health and social needs.

Health Minister Mary Harney will officially launch the research, which was carried out by UCD.

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