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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    Help protect yourself: The essential guide to the HPV vaccination for all young people aged 12 to 13

    - Publication
    This leaflet is distributed to all young people in Year 9 and Year 10 and explains about the HPV vaccine, which can help protect against cervical cancer and other diseases.
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    Skin cancer: what you need to know

    - Publication
    This leaflet explains how to recognise changes to your skin that may indicate the development of skin cancer. It also outlines how to protect your skin in the sun to minimise the risk of damage. It was produced and distributed to participating
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    COVID-19 spring booster available at community pharmacies

    - News
    Community pharmacies across Northern Ireland are offering the COVID-19 spring booster vaccine to some eligible cohorts. The spring booster vaccine will help to prolong protection already received from initial COVID-19 vaccinations, ahead of any

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