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



  • Cover of leaflet Breast screening and breast implants

    Breast screening and breast implants

    - Publication
    This leaflet outlines the issues that women with breast implants need to be aware of when attending for breast screening.
  • Over 70 – what now? Looking after your breasts

    Over 70 – what now? Looking after your breasts

    - Publication
    This leaflet provide breast screening and breast awareness information 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.
  • Cervical cancer screening

    Go for smear test when invited – it could save your life

    - News
    During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (17-23 January), the Public Health Agency (PHA) is highlighting the importance of women attending for cervical screening when invited. Statistics show that between 2015 and 2020 in Northern Ireland, there was an

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