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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    COVID-19 vaccination - A guide for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and translations

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    This factsheet contains the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Please read this before your vaccination. A large print accessible version is available below as a Word document. Braille versions of
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    Animation launched to help prevent kids choking

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    In advance of Child Safety Week (7- 13 June) the Public Health Agency (PHA), in association with partners involved in the delivery of the Home Accident Prevention Strategy in Northern Ireland, has developed an animation to warn parents and guardians
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    Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2020/21

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    The Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin is produced by the PHA and covers statistics for Northern Ireland. The bulletin is produced during the flu season. To see previous Flu Bulletins and the Annual Surveillance Reports click here.

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