The switchboard number for the PHA’s Headquarters at Linenhall Street, Belfast has changed to 0300 555 0114. Click here for more information.


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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    Needle exchanges supporting health and wellbeing in our community

    - News

    Needle and syringe exchange schemes (NSES) are supporting the health and wellbeing of our whole community and provide those who inject substances with direct access to a health professional, who can help them in engaging with treatment services to

  • Cover of self harm report

    Northern Ireland Registry of Self-Harm Annual Report 2017-2018

    - Publication

    The purpose of the registry is to improve understanding about self-harm and related behaviours in Northern Ireland. The information gathered will be used to monitor trends and patterns over time and, perhaps most importantl

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    Annual Report of the Needle & Syringe Exchange Scheme

    - Publication

    This report summarises data that is collected on the operation of the Northern Ireland Needle and Syringe Exchange Scheme (NSES). Each report relates to a twelve-month period.

  • 12th

    Know your limits if drinking on the Twelfth

    - News

    As many get ready for Twelfth of July celebrations, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging anyone choosing to drink to keep an eye on their alcohol intake by making a plan of setting a limit and sticking to it.