• Exercise tests preparedness for Ebola in Northern Ireland Exercise tests preparedness for Ebola in Northern Ireland

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) held a comprehensive exercise today to enable a review of Ebola preparedness in Northern Ireland.

    Senior health professionals from the DHSSPS, PHA, Health and Social Care Board, the five health trusts and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service participated in the exercise. 

  • New video explains all about breast screening New video explains all about breast screening

    A new video that shows women what to expect when they attend for breast screening has been produced by the Public Health Agency (PHA). It covers the whole process of screening – from receiving the invitation letter to getting the results. The video is aimed at women who have never attended for breast screening or who have been invited for the first time.

  • Advice if flooding occursAdvice if flooding occurs

    In light of the recent heavy downpours, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising people of the potential public health risks associated with flooding.

    The main risk relates to injuries caused by hidden dangers under the water such as missing manhole covers or people falling into fast flowing waters. The stress and strain of being flooded and cleaning up can have a notable impact on mental health and wellbeing....

  • Five steps towards better mental health Five steps towards better mental health

    Today on World Mental Health Day, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people to adopt five simple steps to improve their mental wellbeing.

    Looking after mental health is just as important as taking care of physical health, so the PHA is urging people to look at ways of improving their mental health and wellbeing.

    The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and are:

    • Connect – engage with the people around you – family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home, work, school, or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them.

  • Smoking is harming your vision – stub it out!Smoking is harming your vision – stub it out!

    Smokers are at significantly greater risk of losing their sight than non-smokers, yet awareness of eye damage from smoking is worryingly low according to the Public Health Agency (PHA).

    Fewer than 10% of smokers realise that smoking can affect their eye health. This compares with 92% associating smoking with lung cancer and 88% identifying a link between smoking and the risk of heart disease.

    To coincide with World Sight Day on 9 October, the PHA is highlighting the damage that smokers could be doing to their eyes and urging them to stop smoking.

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Welcome

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.

Directorates

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

Exercise tests preparedness for Ebola in Northern Ireland

Thursday, 23 October 2014 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) held a comprehensive exercise today to enable a review of Ebola preparedness in Northern Ireland.

New video explains all about breast screening

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - News

A new video that shows women what to expect when they attend for breast screening has been produced by the Public Health Agency (PHA). It covers the whole process of screening – from receiving the invitation letter to getting the results. Th...

Summary CDI and MRSA incidence tables, 1st April 2006 to present

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - Publication

Summary Tables for Clostridium difficile and MRSA (Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) cases 2006/07 to 2014/15

How to secure NIHR grant funding

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - News

On 26-27 February 2015, HSC R&D Division, in conjunction with NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Co-ordinating Centre (NETSCC), will run two Northern Ireland regional workshops for researchers interested in applying to NETSCC-managed research...