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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    Adverse weather

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    During adverse weather many people can experience a range of situations associated with the extreme weather such as cold and freezing temperatures, no electricity or mains water and flooding. The Public Health Agency (PHA) has compiled public health
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    Staying safe over February mid-term break

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    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to mindful of the COVID-19 guidance over mid-term break. Dr Gerry Waldron, Head of Health Protection at the PHA, said: “After a very tough winter we are all looking forward to nicer weather and brighter
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    Public Health Agency Involvement Plan for Protect Life 2

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    Revised draft (COVID) Public Health Agency Involvement Plan for Protect Life 2 For PHA commissioned services under Protect Life 2 Purpose of the Involvement Plan: The Involvement Plan sets out how the PHA will engage with stakeholders to determine

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