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

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    Coronavirus Monthly Epidemiological Bulletin

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    The Public Health Agency (PHA) Health Protection team has developed this report with the primary focus of looking at the demographic characteristics (age, sex, geographical location, deprivation) of people affected by the virus. It also looks at some
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    Making the most of screen time during lockdown

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    Claire Dorris, National Children’s Bureau and Maurice Meehan, Public Health Agency It can feel like screen time discussions come with judgement; and nothing creates guilt quite like the weekly phone notification telling us our average daily screen
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    Audit review of fit testing for respiratory masks

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    “We can confirm that an audit review of fit testing for respiratory masks is ongoing within the HSC system. “This is being done on a precautionary basis. “It has emerged that one independent contractor, which conducted Fit Testing of masks during the
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    Gardening during lockdown

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    Dianne Keys, The Conservation Volunteers, and Laura Taylor, PHA. To view our complete series of COVID-19 blogs, click here. There has been a large rise in interest in gardening since lockdown began. With everybody staying at home we have been looking