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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    Contraception made simple – online delivery service now available

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    A service that allows women and girls aged 16 and over to order their contraception online and get it delivered discreetly to their door is now fully operational across Northern Ireland following a successful pilot last year. The service is funded by
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    Put a spring in your step as the clocks go forward

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    With the clocks springing forward this weekend, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people to use the longer evenings to boost their levels of physical activity and improve their health. Colette Brolly, the PHA’s lead on physical activity
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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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