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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    Lady Mary Peters gets her COVID-19 vaccine

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    Lady Mary Peters has received her COVID-19 vaccine from her local GP surgery as part of the Northern Ireland vaccination programme, and has urged others to get it too when called. Getting the COVID-19 vaccination is the most important thing you can
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    COVID-19 vaccination - a guide for people with a learning disability

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    This is a guide to the COVID-19 vaccine for people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland. It explains about COVID-19, the vaccine, what happens at your appointment and what to expect.
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    Speak to your GP if you are worried about cancer symptoms, urges PHA

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    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is today, on World Cancer Day, highlighting the signs and symptoms of cancer and encouraging people to seek medical advice from their GP if they have concerns. “The earlier cancer is diagnosed, the greater the chances

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