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



  • Breast screening poster

    Breast screening poster

    - Publication
    This poster promotes the Northern Ireland breast screening programme to women aged 50 to 70.
  • Breast awareness looking out for changes (English and 12 translations)

    Breast awareness: looking out for changes (English and 12 translations)

    - Publication
    This leaflet is used to support the Northern Ireland breast screening programme and describes how women should check their breasts regularly for any changes that are new to themThis is also available in audio format by clicking here. The translations
  • Image of poster promoting breast screening for the over 70s

    Over 70? (Breast screening poster)

    - Publication
    This poster provides encourages breast screening and breast awareness to women over 70. Although women over 70 are not routinely invited for breast screening, they are encouraged to call the local unit to request breast screening every three years.

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