What we do

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is responsible for providing health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement to every member of every community in Northern Ireland. We are committed to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. 
The Public Health Agency was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence. 


The PHA operates under a framework of three functional areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations, in order to carry out our mandate to safeguard public health, promote public health and social welfare, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation. Access our Directorates and Service Areas here  


  • Diabetic eye screening programme (4 leaflets and 2 flyers)

    Diabetic eye screening programme (5 leaflets and 2 flyers)

    - Publication
    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
  • diabetic eye screening leaflet cover image showing an array of eyes

    Diabetic eye screening - your guide to the low-risk pathway

    - Publication
    This leaflet outlines the 'low-risk pathway' for those deemed at low risk of developing diabetic retinopathy between screens and can move to screening every two years instead of annually.
  • PHA Update

    PHA Update

    - Publication
    The Public Health Agency has launched a monthly update. The aim of the PHA Update is to help maintain a source of regular communication with stakeholders on key areas of work, with particular focus at present on COVID-19. Subscribers will receive the

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