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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    Raising awareness of dysphagia on Swallow Awareness Day

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    Today on World Swallow Awareness Day (15 March) the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Dysphagia NI are launching a new information booklet aimed at raising awareness of swallowing difficulties and providing support to help people with a swallowing
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    Four weeks to go for suicide bereavement consultation

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    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging anyone who has been bereaved by suicide to have their voice heard in a public consultation on support services. The consultation on services for those who have been bereaved by suicide runs until Sunday 9
  • Diabetic eye screening programme (4 leaflets and 2 flyers)

    Diabetic eye screening programme (5 leaflets and 2 flyers)

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    Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the small blood vessels in the part of the eye called the retina. These blood vessels can become blocked or leaky, affecting how the retina works. Sometimes abnormal new blood vessels grow, which are

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