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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    Community pharmacies across NI support the Distance Aware campaign

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    The ‘Distance Aware’ social distancing campaign recently launched by the Department of Health is being promoted widely in over 500 community pharmacies through the ‘Living Well’ service. Living Well is a programme that provides information and advice

    SURVEY Moving towards Normalised Visiting in Care Homes in Northern Ireland

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    WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU - survey closes 9th April! As we continue to deal with the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic in NI and make progress with vaccination it is recognised that there is a need to continually review visiting in Care Homes
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    Detecting bowel cancer early saves lives

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    April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using this opportunity to raise awareness of signs and symptoms and encourage people to take part in the screening programme when invited. “Over 1,000 people are diagnosed

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