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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    ‘Commit to Quit’ on World No Tobacco Day

    - News
    The Public Health Agency is urging smokers to use the opportunity of World No Tobacco Day (31 May) to ‘Commit to Quit’. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched the year-long global campaign ‘Commit to Quit’. The campaign aims to support
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    Drug and Alcohol Procurement – Stakeholder Engagement Report

    - Publication
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) commissioned a stakeholder engagement process to help inform decisions around the commissioning requirements and priorities for drugs and alcohol services to be provided under PHA contracts in the future. A total of 216
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    Be breast aware – look out for changes

    - News
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging women to be breast aware and know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Breast cancer can occur at any age. However, the risk of developing it increases with age. Most breast cancers occur in women

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