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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    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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    Public health conference looks at ‘Picking up the Pieces’ in the aftermath of COVID-19

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    Public health practitioners and researchers have gathered virtually today for the annual cross-border Joint Public Health Conference, which this year is examining how COVID-19 has affected the lives of citizens in Northern Ireland and the Republic of
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    PHA provides reassurance on flu vaccination

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    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has provided reassurance that plans to offer the flu vaccine to those who are eligible, and in particular people aged over 65, are proceeding as expected, and there is no shortage. Dr Gerry Waldron, Head of Health

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