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.
- Health Protection
- Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement
- Service Development and Screening
- HSC Research and Development
- Allied Health Professions and Personal and Public Involvement
- Centre for Connected Health
- HSC Safety Forum
The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging older adults who might not be as active as they were before the pandemic to gradually and safely build exercise back into their daily routine. Colette Brolly, the PHA’s lead on Physical Activity, said:
This flyer for the public advises people to avoid car sharing during COVID-19 but shows the steps to follow to reduce the spread of the virus if you can't avoid car sharing. Translations are available to download below. Other languages may be
The Public Health Agency has launched a monthly update. The aim of the PHA Update is to help maintain a source of regular communication with stakeholders on key areas of work, with particular focus at present on COVID-19. Subscribers will receive the