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.

Public Health

Nursing and Allied Health Professions



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    Quality Standards for Services Promoting Mental and Emotional Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention

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    These standards will apply to all organisations providing mental & emotional wellbeing and suicide prevention services which are funded by the PHA.If you require further details on the PHA Quality Standards, please contact Brenda Morris at the CLEAR
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    Newborn hearing screening leaflets (English and translations)

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    The PHA has developed three leaflets to explain the stages of the Newborn Hearing Screening programme in Northern Ireland. There is also a checklist to help you to monitor your baby's development in addition to the Smart4Hearing (S4H) privacy notice
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    NI Researchers lead the way on NI vaccine trials

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    By Dr Naomh Gallagher, Programme Manager, HSC Research & Development Division of the Public Health Agency It is now one year since the first case of coronavirus was detected in Northern Ireland[1]. No one could have predicted that in such a short

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