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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Nursing and Allied Health Professions



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    Public urged to be alert to signs of group A strep

    - News
    Parents and guardians are being urged to be alert for the signs of group A streptococcal (GAS) infections by the Public Health Agency (PHA). Group A streptococcus bacteria usually cause a mild infection producing sore throats or scarlet fever that
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    Rubella and pregnancy - What you need to know (English and translations)

    - Publication
    This leaflet for women provides updated information on rubella and how to get vaccinated so it is not passed on during pregnancy.Rubella, otherwise known as German measles, can be very serious for the unborn baby in the first three months of
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    Protecting you and your baby: Blood tests at your first antenatal visit and translations

    - Publication
    This leaflet gives information on the blood tests that are normally offered and recommended at the first antenatal visit. These tests look for possible health problems that could affect the mother’s health and the health of the baby. Only one sample

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