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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    More than 44,000 calls to crisis counselling service

    - News
    Lifeline, Northern Ireland’s free-phone crisis counselling helpline, received over 44,000 calls in 2021, with approximately 3,670 calls per month - an average of one call to Lifeline every 12 minutes last year. Lifeline is the regional crisis
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    Information for parents and carers

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    This leaflet for parents and carers briefly outlines the guidance on COVID-19 testing and self-isolation for children and their households, and summarises the contact tracing process in schools, nurseries, childcare settings and clubs. More detailed
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    How to translate information on the PHA website using ReachDeck

    - Publication
    This guide gives instructions on how to translate information on the PHA website, including PDFs, into other languages using the ReachDeck tool (previously known as Browsealoud). Please note, the translations are based on a previous version and are

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