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



  • You, your child and alcohol

    You, your child and alcohol

    - Publication
    You, your child and alcohol is a booklet that offers parents advice and guidance on how to discuss alcohol with their child and encourages them to think about how their relationship with alcohol can influence their children.The booklet was originally
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    Focus on alcohol

    - Publication
    This leaflet incorporates the current advice on low risk drinking from the four UK Chief Medical Officers, published in January 2016. It lists the long and short-term effects of drinking too much alcohol and outlines the recommended limits for low
  • Farm Families 10th birthday celebrations

    Farm Families Health Checks celebrates 10 years of success

    - News
    The Farm Families Health Check Programme is celebrating its 10th birthday this week having helped more than 21,600 people in its decade of success. The initiative is a one-stop mobile health clinic that visits farmers’ marts and local community

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