• Countdown under way to No Smoking Day 2018Countdown under way to No Smoking Day 2018

    It is just less than one month until No Smoking Day on Wednesday 14 March, with thousands of smokers across Northern Ireland today being urged to stub out their cigarettes and become ‘Proud Quitters’. 

  • Lifeline crisis support service interim arrangements confirmedLifeline crisis support service interim arrangements confirmed

    Lifeline is Northern Ireland’s crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair.The Public Health Agency (PHA) commissions the Lifeline service and the current contract is due to end on 31st March 2018. The PHA offered a contract extension to the current provider, Contact (Northern Ireland), to continue to deliver this service from 1st April 2018. However, late last year Contact (Northern Ireland) decided not to accept the offer of extension of the current contract.

    In order to secure the continuity of the Lifeline Crisis Response Service after expiry of the current contract, the PHA took immediate steps to secure an interim provider from 1st April 2018. 

  • HSC R&D partner £54 million initiative to transform health through data scienceHSC R&D partner £54 million initiative to transform health through data science

    The PHA’s HSC R&D Division is working in partnership with Health Data Research UK which is awarding an initial £30 million funding to six sites across the UK to address challenging healthcare issues through use of data science.

  • Be aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning as temperature dropsBe aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning as temperature drops

    With a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in place for the next few days, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone as the temperature drops and people turn up the heat to be aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

  • Northern Ireland Helplines Awareness DayNorthern Ireland Helplines Awareness Day

    Northern Ireland Helplines Awareness Day tomorrow [6 February] will highlight the extensive range of helplines providing vital support, advice and information to the public across Northern Ireland.

    The awareness day and an event at Belfast City Hall will be hosted by Helplines Network NI, a partnership made up of 30 helplines.

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.

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.

Public Health

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Operations

Latest

HSC R&D partner £54 million initiative to transform health through data science

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 - News

The PHA’s HSC R&D Division is working in partnership with Health Data Research UK which is awarding an initial £30 million funding to six sites across the UK to address challenging healthcare issues through use of data science.

Each sit...

Northern Ireland Helplines Awareness Day

Monday, 5 February 2018 - News

Northern Ireland Helplines Awareness Day tomorrow [6 February] will highlight the extensive range of helplines providing vital support, advice and information to the public across Northern Ireland.

The awareness day and an event at Belfast...

Be aware of the symptoms of CO poisoning as temperature drops

Monday, 5 February 2018 - News

With a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in place for the next few days, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone as the temperature drops and people turn up the heat to be aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning....

Needle and Syringe Exchange Scheme

Monday, 5 February 2018 - Publication

The Needle and Syringe Exchange Scheme is a free, confidential service for people who inject drugs. It is designed to reduce the spread of blood borne viruses by providing free, sterile injecting equipment and by disposing of used equipment s...