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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    Take Home Naloxone Reports

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    These reports show the supply and use of naloxone to reverse an overdose as part of the PHA's Take Home Naloxone programme. Naloxone is a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose. It can very quickly restore normal respiration to a
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    COVID-19 vaccine - A guide for adults Large print format

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    This leaflet describes the COVID-19 vaccination in Northern Ireland and who is eligible. It is for older adults and those in the priority groups for vaccination. Please read this leaflet before your vaccination. This version is in Large print for
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    COVID-19 vaccine - What to expect Large print format

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    This leaflet describes what to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination. It contains information on the vaccine, potential side effects and what to do next. This version is in Large print format for people with sight loss. An accessible Word document

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