• Suicide awareness training for churchesSuicide awareness training for churches

    Clergy and those who work for churches across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to take part in specially tailored suicide awareness training.Sessions are being hosted in the coming year by suicide prevention group ‘Flourish!’Flourish! is a partnership between clergy from across the Christian churches in Northern Ireland and the suicide prevention charity Lighthouse. The initiative has the support of the leaders of the four larger churches in Ireland and has been developed in partnership with and supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA).

  • Remember to wash your hands after visiting the farmRemember to wash your hands after visiting the farm

    During the Easter break, with parents thinking of activities to keep children entertained, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding families about the importance of washing hands after visiting the farm.
    All animals naturally carry a range of organisms, some of which can be transmitted to people. Some organisms which may be contracted on farms can cause illness some of which can cause severe infection, particularly in young children.

  • World Health Day: let’s talk about depression World Health Day: let’s talk about depression

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using the opportunity of World Health Day to encourage people to talk about depression.
    World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization. The theme for 2017 is depression.
    “The word ‘depression’ is used in many different ways,” said Fiona Teague, Health and Wellbeing Improvement Manager with the PHA.
    “Everyone can feel sad or down from time to time, but most people manage to cope and can recover without professional help. However, everyday ‘blues’ or sadness is not depression. A person with clinical depression will feel depressed for longer periods of time (at least two weeks) and this will disrupt things in their life such as relationships or the ability to carry out their work.”

  • HSC research funding of €8.8 million awarded by EUHSC research funding of €8.8 million awarded by EU

    Project funding of €8.8 million has been awarded through the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme to the Health and Social Care Research and Development (HSC R&D) Division of the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland and the Health Research Board (HRB) in Ireland.

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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.


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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Allied Health Professions: Who we are and what we do

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 - Publication

This booklet provides a brief overview of Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and the services they provide to the public.

Allied Health Professions are a diverse workforce who deliver high-quality care to patients and service users across a...

Northern Ireland Substitute Prescribing Database Report 31 March 2016

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 - Publication

This bulletin summarises information on individuals referred to the Northern Ireland Substitute Prescribing Scheme (SPS). It relates to those referred up to and including the 31 March 2016 and focuses on those patients in contact with Substi...

Hand hygiene information for patients and visitors - including accessible formats

Monday, 24 April 2017 - Publication

Information for patients and visitors on the importance of hand hygiene in preventing the spread of infections.

Accessible formats

The below document is available as a pdf and in accessible formats. Accessible formats are alt...

Clostridium difficile - including accessible formats

Monday, 24 April 2017 - Publication

Information for patients and visitors on C. difficile infection and how to help prevent the spread of infection.

Accessible formats

The below document is available as a pdf and in accessible formats. Accessible formats...