• Remember about your neighbours during the cold spellRemember about your neighbours during the cold spell

    With a yellow warning for ice to continue into the weekend, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising everyone to look after themselves and their neighbours during the cold snap.

  • The flu vaccine helps protect children who receive it, as well as their younger siblings The flu vaccine helps protect children who receive it, as well as their younger siblings

    Children under two years are significantly more at risk of serious illness from influenza if they have older brothers or sisters, new research has shown.  The flu virus spreads through the air when people cough and sneeze without covering their nose and mouth. With children of all ages mixing at parent and toddler groups, in day nurseries and at childminders, and because young children don’t always cover their noses or mouths when coughing or sneezing the virus can spread very quickly among them.

  • Update on the Lifeline serviceUpdate on the Lifeline service

    Lifeline is Northern Ireland’s 24/7 crisis support service for people in distress or despair. The current contract for the operation of Lifeline is due to end on 31 March 2018. The Public Health Agency (PHA), which commissions the service, recently offered a contract extension under existing terms to the current provider, Contact (Northern Ireland), to continue to deliver this essential service which supports people in distress and despair. However, the current provider has decided not to continue delivering the Lifeline service after March next year. The PHA will now move to appoint an alternative interim service provider to ensure that Lifeline continues to be delivered in a safe and sustainable way.

  • Nurse of the Year advocates the flu vaccineNurse of the Year advocates the flu vaccine

    This year’s flu vaccination programme is now under way, and has received the backing of Nurse of The Year Siobhan Rogan,  who is highlighting the importance of the flu vaccine particularly for ‘at risk’ groups and healthcare workers.

  • Health and agriculture join forces to help keep antibiotics workingHealth and agriculture join forces to help keep antibiotics working

    This European Antibiotics Awareness Day [18 November] the importance of responsible antibiotic use is being highlighted across the health and agriculture sectors.
    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) have teamed up to call on health professionals, veterinary practitioners, industry  and the public to make better use of antibiotics and preserve them for their most important use – serious bacterial infections.

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Welcome

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.

Directorates

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.

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Latest

Survey on Medicine Use Review (MUR) service from Community Pharmacy

Friday, 24 November 2017 - 9:49am - News

Researchers at the School of Pharmacy, Ulster University in partnership with Public Health Agency have developed a questionnaire (online and hard copy) to evaluate patient opinions of a service available from community pharmacy called a Medicine U...

Remember about your neighbours during the cold spell

Friday, 24 November 2017 - News

With a yellow warning for ice to continue into the weekend, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising everyone to look after themselves and their neighbours during the cold snap.

For some the onset of the cold weather can brin...

Dementia and moving to a care home

Friday, 24 November 2017 - Publication

This leaflet provides information on moving to a care home for people with a dementia and their carers and families

 

Talking about risk and dementia

Friday, 24 November 2017 - Publication

This leaflet provides information on risk for people living with a dementia and their carers and families.