• A-Level students urged to add MenACWY vaccine to the checklist ahead of universityA-Level students urged to add MenACWY vaccine to the checklist ahead of university

    With exam season in full swing, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging everyone currently doing A-Levels to think next about getting the meningococcal ACWY vaccine ahead of starting university in September.

  • Sun Awareness Week – be UV awareSun Awareness Week – be UV aware

    During Sun Awareness Week (14 to 20 May 2018) the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland are reminding people to be ultraviolet (UV) radiation aware and take appropriate care in the sun according to the UV level. To help with this they are launching a new online UV radiation awareness animation.

  • Focus on rural mental health support at Balmoral ShowFocus on rural mental health support at Balmoral Show

    Living in the countryside brings many benefits but the particular challenges faced by rural communities can often have an impact on their emotional health and wellbeing, whether it’s as the result of rural isolation or the stresses of farming life. In order to raise awareness of the support that is available, the Lifeline service will have a presence at this year’s Balmoral Show.

  • Spotlight on stress for Mental Health Awareness Week Spotlight on stress for Mental Health Awareness Week

    The coming week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using it as an opportunity to raise awareness about stress and the steps we can take to tackle it.

    Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 14-21 May and this year shines a spotlight on how we can learn to manage stress better.

    Experiencing stress is a normal part of everyday life – for example, dealing with changing demands and pressures from different areas in our lives, such as children’s needs, money worries, relationships or concerns about work. However, too much stress can lead to a feeling of being unable to cope. Stress is not an illness itself, but it can cause serious illness if it is not addressed.

  • Clean your hands while on days out with the family Clean your hands while on days out with the family

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the need to clean your hands thoroughly and regularly on days out with the family. The call comes on the World Health Organization’s World Hand Hygiene Day [5 May], which this year highlights how good hand hygiene can help prevent infection.

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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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Notifications of Infectious Diseases

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 - Publication

Notification of Infectious Diseases (NOIDS) (Current weekly total of notifications of infectious diseases in the past four weeks along with the cumulative total for the current year compared with corresponding periods)...

A-Level students urged to add MenACWY vaccine to the checklist ahead of university

Monday, 21 May 2018 - News

With exam season in full swing, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging everyone currently doing A-Levels to think next about getting the meningococcal ACWY vaccine ahead of starting university in September.

Cervical cancer: it's best to take the test (English and 11 translations)

Thursday, 17 May 2018 - Publication

Testing for high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) as triage and test of cure was introduced into the Northern Ireland Cervical Screening Programme on Monday 28 January 2013. This policy change significantly altered the screening pathway for wome...

Focus on rural mental health support at Balmoral Show

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - 10:49am - News

Living in the countryside brings many benefits but the particular challenges faced by rural communities can often have an impact on their emotional health and wellbeing, whether it’s as the result of rural isolation or the stresses of farming life...