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



  • Lambing

    Important advice to pregnant women during lambing season

    - News
    With spring just around the corner the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women about the risk of close contact with sheep during lambing season. The PHA is advising women who are, or think they may be, pregnant to reduce their risk of
  • Image of the sun and blue sky and white clouds

    Advice to look out for vulnerable people as temperatures rise

    - News
    With high temperatures forecast for the coming days the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to protect themselves from the sun and to look out for older and more vulnerable people. Although there is no current weather warning for Northern
  • Organ donation poster

    Organ donation law change – A4 and A3 poster

    - Publication
    This poster provides a summary of the organ donation law change which will come into effect in Spring 2023. The choice of A4 or A3 formats make it convenient for display in a range of settings or online.

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