• Fuel Poverty Awareness Day – top tips from Public Health AgencyFuel Poverty Awareness Day – top tips from Public Health Agency

    With more than two in five households here in fuel poverty, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (Friday 17 February) to highlight energy efficiency tips and services that many people may find useful in helping to tackle the issue.

  • PHA Draft Corporate Plan 2017–21PHA Draft Corporate Plan 2017–21

    Corporate Plan Consultation - Deadline Extended to 22 February 2017

    The PHA draft Corporate Plan is now out for public consultation (28 November 2016–22 February 2017).

    This draft plan sets out the strategic direction for the Public Health Agency for the next four years and has been developed through engagement with staff and colleagues and a wide range of external stakeholders.

  • World Cancer Day: signs and symptoms and ways to cut the risks World Cancer Day: signs and symptoms and ways to cut the risks

    At least one in three of us will get cancer, and with an increasing number of cases each year in Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using World Cancer Day (4 February) to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and encourage people to speak to their GP if they experience any of them.

  • Health and Social Care procurement awareness eventsHealth and Social Care procurement awareness events

    Health and Social Care NI organisations, in partnership with BSO (PaLS), plan to deliver a series of procurement awareness events across Northern Ireland. These events are targeted at service providers who deliver health and social care service interventions to people and aim to raise awareness of public procurement requirements. 

    These procurement awareness events will run at a range of locations across the region during the period March to May 2017.

  • Launch of the first Northern Ireland Helplines Awareness DayLaunch of the first Northern Ireland Helplines Awareness Day

    The value of helplines will be emphasised on 6 February the first Northern Ireland Helplines Awareness Day. 

    The Helplines Network NI is hosting the awareness day and an event at Belfast City Hall to highlight the extensive range of helplines providing vital support, advice and information to the public across Northern Ireland. 

    Helplines Network NI is membership-led and includes 26 member organisations delivering 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.


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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Take 5 steps to wellbeing

Thursday, 16 February 2017 - 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. Translations into 1...

Health Protection Symposium - Monday 13th March 2017

Monday, 13 February 2017 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) Health Protection (HP) Symposium is scheduled for Monday 13th March 2017 in QUB, Riddel Hall, Stranmillis, Belfast.

The HP Symposium will include an overview of the work of the PHA, health protection service....

Countdown underway to No Smoking Day 2017

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 - News

It is just less than one month until No Smoking Day on Wednesday March 8 with thousands of smokers across Northern Ireland today being urged to stub out their cigarettes and become ‘Proud Quitters’. 

Cancer Focus Northern...

Directory of services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing

Wednesday, 8 February 2017 - Publication

These five directories list the names, numbers and web addresses (where applicable) of organisations that offer services to help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing. Where possible, additional information has also been provided, such as...