• Freshers urged to get meningitis jab before new termFreshers urged to get meningitis jab before new term

    Students who have just finished their A-levels and are planning to go to university are being encouraged by the Public Health Agency (PHA) to get a vaccine that can help protect against meningitis and septicaemia.

    The MenACWY vaccine helps protect against meningococcal disease, which new university students are at particularly high risk of contracting in the first weeks of term, when they will come into contact with many new people of a similar age.

  • Alcohol Awareness Week – do you know your units?Alcohol Awareness Week – do you know your units?

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Northern Ireland’s Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams (NIDACTs) are urging people to keep an eye on their alcohol intake as they kick start Alcohol Awareness Week (19–25 June), emphasising the importance of knowing your units, the recommended weekly limit (to minimise risks) and the effects that alcohol can have on your health and your safety.

    Kelly Gilliland, Health Improvement Manager at the PHA, said: “Many of us enjoy a drink when at home or out with friends, but what many of us don’t realise is that alcohol is a powerful drug and we need to be careful how we use it. Drinking too much can seriously affect our health.

  • New standards for food served to staff and visitors in health and social careNew standards for food served to staff and visitors in health and social care

    New nutritional standards have been developed to make the food on offer for staff and visitors in hospital restaurants and cafes healthier.

    People are increasingly eating meals and snacks outside of their home meaning that settings such as restaurants, coffee shops and takeaways businesses can impact on the quality of the food we eat by the choices they offer. Due to the rising levels of obesity and the associated negative impacts on health and well-being of the population in Northern Ireland, it is essential to promote and provide healthier alternatives.

  • Plans for Lifeline development and improvements announcedPlans for Lifeline development and improvements announced

    The Public Health Agency has set out the next steps in the process for developing and tendering the Lifeline crisis response service, following the decision by the Department of Health to approve plans for its future.

  • PHA Beyond 2016 – Public Health Agency Corporate Plan 2017-2021PHA Beyond 2016 – Public Health Agency Corporate Plan 2017-2021

    Following public consultation and approval from the Department of Health, the Public Health Agency Corporate Plan 2017-2021 is now finalised and available.

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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

Freshers urged to get meningitis jab before new term

Monday, 26 June 2017 - News

Students who have just finished their A-levels and are planning to go to university are being encouraged by the Public Health Agency (PHA) to get a vaccine that can help protect against meningitis and septicaemia.

The MenACWY vaccine helps...

Alcohol Awareness Week – do you know your units?

Monday, 19 June 2017 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Northern Ireland’s Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams (NIDACTs) are urging people to keep an eye on their alcohol intake as they kick start Alcohol Awareness Week (19–25 June), emphasising the importance of know...

You, your child and alcohol

Monday, 19 June 2017 - Publication

You, your child and alcohol is a booklet that offers parents advice and guidance on how to discuss alcohol with their child and encourages them to think about how their relationship with alcohol can influence their children.

T...

New standards for food served to staff and visitors in health and social care

Friday, 16 June 2017 - News

New nutritional standards have been developed to make the food on offer for staff and visitors in hospital restaurants and cafes healthier.

People are increasingly eating meals and snacks outside of their home meaning that settings such as...