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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    Tick Season: protect yourself against tick bites and what to do if you've been bitten

    - News
    As lockdown measures are eased and more of us venture outdoors over the summer months, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging everyone to take steps to help protect themselves from tick bites. Tick bites can cause Lyme disease, a serious and
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    Drinking during lockdown – what’s the big deal?

    - Media
    Danny Sinclair, Health & Social Wellbeing Improvement Manager at the Public Health Agency, discusses drinking during lockdown for Northern Ireland Alcohol Awareness Week. To view our complete series of COVID-19 blogs, click here. The government has
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    Advice on safer shopping during COVID-19 booklet

    - Publication
    This booklet for the public gives advice on how to shop more safely during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to protect yourself and others and help prevent the virus spreading. It includes a meal planner and shopping list to help you manage your
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    NI Alcohol Awareness Week – give yourself an MOT

    - News
    With the pubs shut, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Northern Ireland Alcohol Awareness Week (15-21 June) to encourage drinkers to take a closer look at their drinking habits at home and give themselves an “Alcohol MOT”. Over three-quarters