• £2.25million funding to extend the Active School Travel Programme £2.25million funding to extend the Active School Travel Programme

    Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard and Health Minister Michelle O’Neill announced joint funding of £2.25million to extend the Active School Travel Programme until 2021.
    Sustrans has been awarded the contract to deliver the programme for the next five years which is jointly funded by the Department for Infrastructure and the Public Health Agency (PHA).

  • Encouraging clergy to look after their mental health Encouraging clergy to look after their mental health

    A new resource aimed at improving the mental health of the clergy is being distributed throughout Northern Ireland.

    The practical and helpful toolkit to promote emotional wellbeing amongst clergy has been produced by the suicide prevention group Flourish! 

    The Flourish! group includes Lighthouse Ireland, clergy from across the Christian churches in Northern Ireland, the Churches Community Work Alliance NI and the Public Health Agency (PHA).

  • Minister O’Neill addresses Personal and Public Involvement ConferenceMinister O’Neill addresses Personal and Public Involvement Conference

    Health Minister Michelle O’Neill attended the Personal and Public Involvement (PPI) conference ‘Involving you Improving Care: Our Involvement Story’.

    PPI is about involving ordinary people and local communities in the planning, commissioning, delivery and evaluation of the services they receive. It is about putting the service user first, enhancing service user choice, meeting demands and expectations, and ensuring views are heard and listened to.

  • Alcohol Awareness Week NI – Do you know your units?Alcohol Awareness Week NI – Do you know your units?

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to keep an eye on their alcohol intake as they kick start Alcohol Awareness Week (20–26 June), emphasising the importance of knowing your limits and the effects that excess alcohol can have on your health and your safety.

    This is the first Alcohol Awareness Week to be led by the PHA and Northern Ireland’s Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams (NIDACTs).

  • Breastfeeding Celebration WeekBreastfeeding Celebration Week

    During Breastfeeding Celebration Week (20–27 June) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging mothers and breastfeeding supporters to tell others their positive stories about breastfeeding.

    Janet Calvert, Regional Breastfeeding Lead for the PHA, said: “Information and support is key to helping mums breastfeed and hearing positive stories of others’ experiences can add that extra bit of encouragement that mums need.

    “For many mums getting started, breastfeeding isn’t easy. Northern Ireland has the lowest breastfeeding rates in the UK and that is why reassurance and encouragement from others is so important.”


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The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.

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In fulfilling our mandate to protect public health, improve public health and social wellbeing, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, the PHA works within an operational framework of three areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation.

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Latest

£2.25million funding to extend the Active School Travel Programme

Monday, 27 June 2016 - News

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard and Health Minister Michelle O’Neill announced joint funding of £2.25million to extend the Active School Travel Programme until 2021.

Sustrans has been awarded the contract to deliver the programme for...

Encouraging clergy to look after their mental health

Thursday, 23 June 2016 - News

A new resource aimed at improving the mental health of the clergy is being distributed throughout Northern Ireland.

The practical and helpful toolkit to promote emotional wellbeing amongst clergy has been produced by the suicide prevention...

Take 5 steps to wellbeing

Thursday, 23 June 2016 - Publication

Most of us know when we are mentally and physically well, but sometimes we need a little extra help to keep well. This leaflet and poster outline five simple ways in which people can maintain and improve their mental wellbeing.

Diabetes Physical Activity Referral – Pilot Programme – Expression of Interest

Wednesday, 22 June 2016 - News

Diabetes Physical Activity Referral Pathway- Expression of Interest

The pilot programme for the Diabetes Physical Activity Referral Pathway is now ready to commence and requires the use of appropriate community facilities i...