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



  • Useful guide to mental and emotional wellbeing resources

    Useful guide to mental and emotional wellbeing resources

    - Publication
    A useful guide to mental and emotional wellbeing resources with easily accessible links to relevant websites and information. The guide includes links to the Minding Your Head website, the free online Stress Control classes, the Healthcare Apps
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    Thank you, Allied Health Professions!

    - Media
    Michelle Tennyson, PHA Assistant Director, Allied Health Professions and Public Involvement Wednesday 14 October 2020 is Allied Health Professions’ (AHPs) Day – a day to recognise, value and celebrate the work and impact of our AHPs across the Health
  • PHA Update

    PHA Update

    - Publication
    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

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