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  


  • A logo for the Comkit service, which shows someone reading a newspaper, two people hugging and two people talking.

    Help is at Hand this International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

    - News
    As International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day approaches on Saturday 18 November the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging anyone who has been bereaved by suicide to avail of the emotional support available to help them address their feelings
  • Quality report cover 2022 to 2023

    Annual Quality Report 2022-23

    - Publication
    Annual quality reports are a recommendation of the Department of Health in line with the implementation of the Q2020 Strategy. This is the tenth Annual Quality Report and covers the first year since the closure of the HSCB and establishment of SPPG
  • Image of Lifeline poster showing young man and contact details for Lifeline helpline

    Lifeline leaflet and posters

    - Publication
    This leaflet and set of posters provide brief information on how to contact the Lifeline crisis response helpline and what support Lifeline can provide to those in distress or despair. More information is available on the Lifeline website at www

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