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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    DAMIS (Drug and Alcohol Monitoring and Information System) Activity Reports

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    DAMIS (Drug and Alcohol Monitoring and Information System) is an “early warning system” designed to identity, verify and assess emerging threats and potential trends in drug and alcohol misuse. It is an information sharing tool in support of the
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    Importance of mental health highlighted on International Men’s Day

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    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is focusing attention on the need for good mental health this International Men’s Day [19th November], particularly during these challenging times, and is reminding everyone that support is available. Fiona Teague
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    We all need to play our part to keep antibiotics working

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    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) remains a serious public health threat and protecting essential medicines for the future relies on all of us acting now, so this World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (18-24 November) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is

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