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7. Health and Well-Being

7.2 Administration and governance


Governance

Governmental authorities involved in policy making in the field of health of youth are:

 

The main actors in the field of health of youth representing youth are:

 

The responsibilities for youth health among public actors are distributed as following:

  • The Ministry of Health is the main authority responsible for public health, disease prevention and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
  • The National Institute of Public Health is a central national institution whose main purpose is to study, protect and increase the level of health and well-being among the population of the Republic of Slovenia through raising the awareness of the population and other preventive measures.
  • The Public Health Directorate strives to prevent disease at the population level.
  • The Directorate of Family of the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities is responsible for measures and policies in the field of family; family policy is understood as a set of coherent social, economic, legal, pedagogical, health and other measures implemented to improve the quality of life of families and individual family members.
  • The Directorate of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport ensures the implementation of activities in the field of education, and thus also measures in the field of health.

 

Under the Health Services Act (Zakon o zdravstveni dejavnosti), responsibilities are distributed as follows:

According to Article 5:

  • The network of public health services at the primary level is determined and provided by the municipality or city.
  • The Republic of Slovenia participates in the provision of a public health service network at the primary level in demographically endangered areas in accordance with the healthcare plan.
  • The Republic of Slovenia exceptionally determines and provides public health services at the primary level for the healthcare of students.

 

The responsibilities for youth health among organisations that represent youth are distributed as following:

  • The National Youth Council of Slovenia prepares programme documents on the topic of youth health.
  • No Excuse Slovenia specifically focuses on the health and well-being of young people.
  • The Slovenian Student Union represents the interests of students in the fields that include health, sport and social affairs.

 

Cross-sectorial cooperation

Governmental authorities are responsible for cross-sectorial cooperation, depending on the issue being considered.

The National Programme for Youth 2013–2022 (Resolucija o Nacionalnem programu za mladino 2013-2022) has a special section on health and well-being. According to different priority subsections, different public actors cooperate:

  1. Priority subsection 1: ensuring systematic conditions for regular physical activity: the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport cooperates with the Ministry of Health.
  2. Priority subsection 2: providing systematic conditions for balanced nutrition for young people aged 15–29: the Ministry of Health cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport; the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food.
  3. Priority subsection 3: providing systemic conditions for monitoring and taking action with overweight or obese young people aged 15–29: the Ministry of Health cooperates the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.
  4. Priority subsection 4: providing systemic conditions for reducing risky and harmful use of alcohol: the Ministry of Health cooperates the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport; the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food; and the Ministry of the Interior.
  5. Priority subsection 5: providing systematic conditions for encouraging the cessation of smoking by young people: the Ministry of Health cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.
  6. Priority subsection 6: reducing demand for illicit drugs and preventing the supply of illicit drugs: the Ministry of Health cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the Ministry of the Interior.
  7. Priority subsection 7: providing systematic conditions for the healthy and safe entertainment of young people and managing violence related to public events and sports, as well as vandalism: the Ministry of the Interior cooperates with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food; the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport; the Ministry of Health; the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief; and the Ministry of Justice.
  8. Priority subsection 8: providing systematic conditions for improving the sexual and reproductive health of young people: the Ministry of Health cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.
  9. Priority subsection 9: reducing the number of children and young people who commit suicide: the Ministry of Health cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport; the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; and the Ministry of the Interior.
  10. Priority subsection 10: developing mechanisms for early recognition and treatment of young people with mental health problems: the Ministry of Health cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport; the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities; and the Ministry of the Interior.
  11. Priority subsection 11: raising awareness among employers, mentors and supervisors about the risks and measures related to the work of young workers, as well as promoting a culture of safety among youth, including the introduction of health and safety at work in education and training: the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport; the National Institute of Public Health; the University Medical Centre (UKC) Ljubljana – Clinical Institute for Occupational, Traffic and Sport Medicine; social partners; and occupational safety and health professionals.
  12. Priority subsection 12: providing systematic conditions for improving the traffic safety of young people: the Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.
  13. Priority subsection 13: increasing the number of young people using public passenger transport: the Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency cooperates with the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.
  14. Priority subsection 14: inclusion of young people in the design, implementation and evaluation of health-related programmes for the environment: the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning cooperates with the National Institute of Public Health; the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport; the Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency; and the Slovenian Environment Agency.
  15. Priority subsection 15: raising awareness among young people and their training to carry out healthy lifestyle activities to reduce environmental health risk factors: the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning cooperates with the National Institute of Public Health; the University Medical Centre (UKC) Ljubljana; hospitals; and the Slovenian Environment Agency.

 

 

The framework for cross-sectorial cooperation is also set out in the Programme for Children and Young People 2006–2016 (Program za otroke in mladino 2006–2016), which was renewed in 2013 (see Section 7.3).