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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    Put wheels in motion for better health this Bike Week

    - News
    This Bike Week (5-11 June) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging everyone to get cycling and start to feel the benefits of getting more active by simply fitting it in to their daily routine. For many people cycling is something they might not
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    ‘Care in the sun’ Living Well campaign launched

    - News
    A new campaign focussing on the importance of getting the best from your sunscreen and reducing your risk of skin cancer has been launched in community pharmacies across Northern Ireland. ‘Care in the sun’ is running in community pharmacies
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    The Pregnancy Book

    - Publication
    This book provides information on many aspects of pregnancy and a list of useful organisations. It is given to expectant mothers resident in Northern Ireland through primary care services (antenatal clinics, GPs or health visitors).

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