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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    PHA launches virtual Disability Week NI programme

    - News
    The PHA is aiming to raise awareness of ‘hidden disabilities’ by developing an online programme of activity to celebrate Disability Awareness Week NI from Monday 30th November to Friday 4th December 2020. The event has an international line up of
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    Digital contact tracing - a simple guide

    - Publication
    This flow chart shows the steps to take once you test positive for COVID-19 and receive a text message with your result.
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    Guidance for educational settings

    - Publication
    This document provides guidance for schools (including preschools, mainstream schools and special schools) on safe movement of HSC staff within and between educational settings. It outlines the general principles that will be applied to minimise

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