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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    Dysphagia resources

    - Publication
    On this page you will find the following resources; Bringing Music Activities to people living in care home settings; Covid 19 and beyond: This information will provide activities and suggestions to support sensory stimulation activities and signpost
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    Button battery and small toy warning ahead of Christmas

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is warning parents and guardians about the dangers of lithium button cell batteries, which are used to power many children’s toys but are highly dangerous if accidentally swallowed, and is also urging everyone to ensure
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    Spice vaping warning issued

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has received information regarding incidents involving young people suspected of vaping 'spice' or 'mamba' through e-cigarettes and becoming ill. A substance purchased as THC or cannabis oil was identified as a

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