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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    Choose to protect yourself - always use a condom

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    Public Health Agency (PHA) is rolling out a mass media campaign aimed at improving and protecting people’s sexual health and wellbeing. This comes as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to rise in Northern Ireland. In 2021, there was a 47
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    Be aware of symptoms this World Cancer Day

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    As we approach World Cancer Day on Saturday 4 February, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is highlighting the signs and symptoms of cancer and encouraging people to seek medical advice from their GP if they have concerns. Dr Louise Herron, Consultant in
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    Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2022/23

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    The Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin is produced by the PHA and covers statistics for Northern Ireland. The bulletin is produced during the flu season. To see previous Flu Bulletins and the Annual Surveillance Reports click here.

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