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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    Online feedback platform Care Opinion launches today in Northern Ireland

    - News
    From today service users, families and carers will have the opportunity to share their experience of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland (HSC) through an online user feedback platform called Care Opinion. Care Opinion is an independent non
  • PHA to attend virtual pride parade

    PHA comes out in support of LGBTQ+ community during Belfast Pride Week

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is looking forward to taking part in the virtual Pride Parade on Saturday 1 August to mark the end of Belfast Pride week. Fiona Teague Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing lead in the PHA, said: “PHA is proud to
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    Harm reduction through needle and syringe exchange

    - Media
    In the week we celebrate World Hepatitis Day, Linda Wylie, PHA, and Aaron Carlyle, Director at Solas Pharmaceuticals Ltd discuss the continued delivery of the Needle & Syringe Exchange Scheme (NSES) during Covid-19. This year’s drug-related deaths
  • Test Trace Protect step by step guide

    Test Trace Protect needs everyone's support – leaflet and translations

    - Publication
    This leaflet outlines how testing and contact tracing can help to break the chain of transmission of coronavirus to reduce the risk of a second wave of infection. It provides a step-by-step infographic guide to explain what you should do if you have