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



  • Cover of District Nursing leaflet

    District nursing

    - Publication
    This leaflet gives an overview of the care provided by the District Nursing Service, and explains how they support patients in their own homes.
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    Raising awareness of suicide and bereavement services in Belfast

    - News
    Community, voluntary and statutory organisations are launching new resources to raise awareness of suicide prevention and bereavement services across Belfast. The launch event for a new information leaflet and video is being organised by Belfast
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    A guide on COVID-19 vaccine for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding (English and translations)

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    This factsheet contains the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Please read this before your vaccination. This factsheet was updated in November 2022. A large print accessible version is available

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