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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    Enhanced rollout of online Stress Control Classes announced

    - News
    A new programme of free online Stress Control classes will start on 13th July 2020 with classes running on a monthly basis until December 2020. The programme has been developed to support people dealing with the effects of the pandemic on their
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    Domestic Abuse and Staying safe during COVID-19

    - Media
    Deirdre Webb, PHA and Edel Fox, Omagh Women’s Aid Before lockdown (March 2019 to February 2020), the weekly average number of domestic abuse calls received by the PSNI from men and women was 570. In the week 20-26 May, provisional figures show that
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    Understanding COVID-19 in Northern Ireland through the lens of surveillance and epidemiology

    - Media
    Dr Lynsey Patterson, Head of Health Protection Surveillance, PHA, and Dr Claire Neill, Specialty Registrar in Public Health, PHA Since December 2019, the world has been getting to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic. As the outbreak spread, so did the
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    Safer shopping during COVID-19 poster and translations

    - Publication
    This poster is for retailers to print off and display for their customers in order to help prevent the virus spreading while shopping. The poster has been updated to include a new symptom, loss of or change in sense of smell or taste. These posters