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



  • District nursing report cover

    Neighbourhood District Nursing Interim Report

    - Publication
    A Neighbourhood District Nursing model has been tested in Northern Ireland and the Neighbourhood District Nursing Interim Report December 2020 details the findings which demonstrate; the benefit of using a structured, proactive population health and
  • Vaping warning

    Spice vaping warning issued

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the dangers of vaping unregulated substances as it has again received information about young people becoming ill after vaping ‘spice’. Reports have suggested that those affected thought they
  • Pre- consultation closes 11th April

    PHA pre-consultation on suicide prevention and post-vention services closes on 11th April.

    - News
    The eight week pre-consultation on suicide prevention and post-vention services being undertaken by the Public Health Agency (PHA) will close on Sunday 11th April. The PHA is encouraging people to complete the online survey before the consultation

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