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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    Splenectomy wallet card

    - Publication
    This wallet card is for patients who have no functioning spleen to carry with them. It allows the patient to record their personal details and immunisations and is a quick pointer to healthcare staff if the patient is taken ill. It is available from
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    Whooping Cough (Pertussis) immunisation - Poster

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    This poster encourages uptake of the whooping cough vaccine for pregnant women. Cases of whooping cough are on the increase – by getting the vaccine while pregnant you can protect your baby.
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    Splenectomy patient leaflet

    - Publication
    This leaflet is for patients who have no functioning spleen. It explains their condition and outlines some important information that patients with no functioning spleen need to know.

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