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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    Breast screening crucially important

    - News
    The Health Minister has highlighted the importance of cancer screening following a visit to a Mobile Breast Screening Unit at Dromalane House in Newry. During the visit Minister Swann was able to see how the mobile unit operated and speak to staff
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    Health Minister visits the Start360 Youth Engagement Service

    - News
    Health Minister Robin Swann has visited a youth facility in Ballymena providing information and support that young people need to navigate the challenges of adolescence and early adulthood. The Start360 Youth Engagement Service (YES) is funded by the
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    Visiting in Care Homes Newsletter July 2022

    - Publication
    Since May 2022 the Public Health Agency (PHA) along with colleagues in the Department of Health (DoH) have worked with family members, RQIA, Health and Social Care Trusts and other stakeholders to produce the monthly ‘Visiting in Care Homes

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