• Salt Awareness Week – check the labelsSalt Awareness Week – check the labels

    This Salt Awareness Week (20-26 March) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the dangers of eating too much salt and asking everyone  to check food labels to see how much salt is in our food.

  • Know your limits if drowning the shamrock this St Patrick’s DayKnow your limits if drowning the shamrock this St Patrick’s Day

    As people get ready to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging anyone who chooses to drink to keep an eye on their alcohol intake, emphasising the dangers of binge drinking and the effects that excess alcohol can have on our health and our safety.

    The PHA’s Drugs and Alcohol lead Michael Owen said: “A lot of people will be making plans to meet up with their friends and family tomorrow to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and we are encouraging them to keep an eye on their alcohol intake should they choose to drink.

  • Make a Delirium DifferenceMake a Delirium Difference

    To mark World Delirium Day (15 March), the HSC Safety Forum, part of the Public Health Agency (PHA), and Dementia Together NI, are urging everyone to ‘Make a Delirium Difference’ and recognise the signs and symptoms of delirium.

    Dr Gavin Lavery, Clinical Director of the HSC Safety Forum, said: “Delirium is caused by an acute disturbance of brain function which often produces a state of sudden confusion or changes in behaviour and awareness.

  • Proud Quitters-Smokers urged to quit on No Smoking DayProud Quitters-Smokers urged to quit on No Smoking Day

    This No Smoking Day, Wednesday 8 March, the No Smoking Day Coordinating Committee is urging smokers to become ‘Proud Quitters’ by using stop smoking support services available across Northern Ireland  to help them quit. 

    No Smoking Day coincides this year with the first anniversary Northern Ireland going Smoke Free across all health and social care facilities and grounds, the first in the UK. By creating smoke free environments, supported by stop smoking services, the health service hopes to take a big step forward in empowering people to quit their habit and live healthier lives.

  • NI employers explore the opportunities associated with an ‘Ageing Workforce’NI employers explore the opportunities associated with an ‘Ageing Workforce’

    Over one hundred and twenty business people from across Northern Ireland attended the fifth annual Healthy Working Lives Conference at Riddel Hall, Belfast on Thursday 2 March to explore our ageing population at work.

    The Age at Work conference, delivered by Business in the Community in partnership with the Public Health Agency (PHA), aimed to inform employers about the changing demographics within the workplace and encouraged them to consider the opportunities and challenges that this presents.

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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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Make a Delirium Difference

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - News

To mark World Delirium Day (15 March), the HSC Safety Forum, part of the Public Health Agency (PHA), and Dementia Together NI, are urging everyone to ‘Make a Delirium Difference’ and recognise the signs and symptoms of delirium.

Dr Gavin La...

Concerned about suicide?

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 - Publication

This leaflet contains information on what you can say and do to help someone who may be thinking of suicide.

It highlights the warning signs, explains the feelings a suicidal person can have and provides a step-by-step guide to having a con...

You and your baby – supporting love and nurture on the neonatal unit

Monday, 13 March 2017 - Publication

Produced by Unicef and supported by the PHA, this leaflet is for parents who have a baby in neonatal care.

It covers feeding your baby, the importance of skin-to-skin contact, helping your baby’s development, getting involved, helping your...

C.difficle surveillance report quarter October-December 2016

Monday, 13 March 2017 - Publication

C.difficle surveillance report quarter October-December 2016