• Have an Elfy ChristmasHave an Elfy Christmas

    In the run up to Christmas the Public Elf Agency has some top tips on how to have a happy, healthy holiday.
    Over the next 12 days the Public Elf Agency (PEA) will be teaming up with our very own Public Health Agency (PHA) to share the advice on www.facebook.com/publichealthagencyand www.twitter.com/publichealthni

  • Get kids’ flu vaccine before Christmas to help protect them and other family membersGet kids’ flu vaccine before Christmas to help protect them and other family members

    With just under half of eligible pre-schoolers having received this year’s flu vaccine, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging parents to get young children vaccinated ahead of Christmas to help protect not only them, but also family members.

  • Preventing falls this winterPreventing falls this winter

    About one third of people over the age of 65 years fall each year, yet around 50 percent of falls are known to be preventable.  The Public Health Agency (PHA), in association with all the councils in Northern Ireland, is urging everyone to identify factors that can increase the risk of falling and take steps to prevent them from occurring.

    Hilary Johnston, Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager with the PHA, said: “Falls continue to be the leading cause of accidental death in the home, with the incidence of falling increasing as people get older. 

  • Organ Donation Discussion Day Monday December 11th – Tell your loved ones your wishesOrgan Donation Discussion Day Monday December 11th – Tell your loved ones your wishes

    Across Northern Ireland, families are being encouraged to sit down with their loved ones on Monday December 11 and discuss their wishes on organ donation. 

    The discussion day comes as The Department of Health launches a 12-week consultation on a draft policy statement which sets out a new approach to promoting organ donation and transplantation. The policy aims to make more life-saving organs available for transplantation, through a coordinated programme of activities designed to improve public awareness of this important health issue and to encourage people to discuss their wishes with their family and friends. 

  • Stay warm and well during the cold spellStay warm and well during the cold spell

    A yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place for Friday and continuing into the weekend. The Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising everyone to look after themselves and their neighbours during the cold snap.

Choose to live better Be Cancer Aware Want 2 Stop Lifeline Helpline Organ Donation Northern Ireland Minding Your Head

The switchboard number for the PHA’s Headquarters at Linenhall Street, Belfast has changed to 0300 555 0114. Click here for more information.


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.


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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Decision aid for diagnosis and management of suspected urinary tract infection (UTI) in older people

Friday, 15 December 2017 - Publication

This flowchart has been designed to help nursing and care staff and prescribers manage patients/residents with urinary tract infection.

Getting a good start: healthy eating from one to five (English and translations)

Thursday, 14 December 2017 - Publication

This booklet outlines advice on many key nutritional issues for children aged one to five. It includes information on how to provide a healthy, balanced diet for this age group, guidance on suitable snacks and drinks, feeding a vegetarian child, v...

Folic acid – one of life’s essentials

Thursday, 14 December 2017 - Publication

This leaflet for women of child-bearing age explains what folate and folic acid are, why they are important and how to get enough.