What we do

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is responsible for providing health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement to every member of every community in Northern Ireland. We are committed to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. 
The Public Health Agency was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence. 


The PHA operates under a framework of three functional areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations, in order to carry out our mandate to safeguard public health, promote public health and social welfare, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation. Access our Directorates and Service Areas here  


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    Protect yourself against falls at home this Falls Awareness Week

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    The Public Health Agency is encouraging people to ensure they are as safe as possible from falls in their homes, as it marks Falls Awareness Week (18-24 September). Falls are the most common accident for all age groups, especially young children
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    Pregnant women reminded to get the whooping cough vaccine

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding pregnant women to get the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine between 16 and 32 weeks of their pregnancy. In 2019 in Northern Ireland 205 cases of confirmed whooping cough were reported to the PHA. During
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    Mental health campaign urges people to “Walk and Talk”

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    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has launched this year’s Health and Social Care (HSC) mental health and emotional wellbeing campaign “Walk and Talk”. Between now and World Mental Health Day on 10 October, all HSC organisations, in collaboration with

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