• Vulnerable groups getting FareShare of foodVulnerable groups getting FareShare of food

    A project that distributes surplus food to charities and voluntary organisations is having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged groups.
    Council for the Homeless NI (CHNI) FareShare is directly tackling food poverty in Northern Ireland by collecting surplus food from industry and redistributing it to charities that are providing meals to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, including low income families, senior citizens, people with a disability, victims of domestic violence, at-risk young people and homeless people.

  • Tuberculosis (TB) on the rise in Northern IrelandTuberculosis (TB) on the rise in Northern Ireland

    Tuberculosis (TB) has increased in Northern Ireland in recent years. Ahead of World TB Day on 24 March, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has released the latest figures which show that in 2014 in Northern Ireland there were 97* cases of TB reported. This is a significant increase (31%) from the previous year when 74 cases were reported and highlights that TB remains an important global and local public health problem. 

  • Incredible Years programme changing livesIncredible Years programme changing lives

    A year ago, Lisburn mum of three Amanda Portis was unemployed and facing some difficulties with her children. That was until she discovered an innovative parenting support programme to help her and her family.

    “My son, who is now seven years old, started having difficulties in school and I was worried about how this would affect him. He was then invited to join the ‘Dina School’ through the Incredible Years Programme in Largymore Primary School and I was offered a placement on the parenting programme,” Amanda said.

    Early Intervention Lisburn’s ‘Incredible Years Programme’, an initiative run by the Public Health Agency (PHA) in partnership with the Resurgam Trust and Barnardos NI, was set up to help parents understand and manage their child’s behaviour better and also to help teach children how to understand their emotions, with the aim of benefitting their long-term health and wellbeing.


  • Less salt for the kids in Salt Awareness WeekLess salt for the kids in Salt Awareness Week

    Many children and adults consume more salt than is recommended for good health. This year as part of Salt Awareness Week (16-22 March), the Public Health Agency (PHA) is drawing attention to the salt that is added to common foods by manufacturers and asking people to think  about the amount of salt in children’s diets.

  • The dos and don’ts of viewing the solar eclipseThe dos and don’ts of viewing the solar eclipse

    On Friday 20 March a solar eclipse will take place, blocking out about 90% of the sun, putting much of the UK into the shadows. For many, this will be the first time they have witnessed such a phenomenon, the last time being 15 years ago. It is expected to be a spectacular sight – but it also has the potential to cause blindness.

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) are urging everyone to exercise caution and are highlighting the dangers of looking directly at the sun during the eclipse.

The switchboard number for the PHA’s Headquarters at Linenhall Street, Belfast has changed to 0300 555 0114. Click here for more information.

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.

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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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Vulnerable groups getting FareShare of food

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - News

A project that distributes surplus food to charities and voluntary organisations is having a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged groups.

Council for the Homeless NI (CHNI) FareShare is directly tackling food poverty...

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2014/2015

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - Publication

The Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin is produced by the PHA and covers statistics for Northern Ireland. The bulletin is produced during the flu season.

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Regional Health and Social Care Personal and Public Involvement Forum: Annual Update Report 2013/14

Thursday, 26 March 2015 - Publication

The Regional HSC PPI Annual Report for 2013/14 provides an up-date of the work of the Forum and outlines the key areas that have been progressed including the development of PPI standards and the advancement of a generic PPI awareness raisin...

Guidelines for the provision of temporary drinking water supplies at events in Northern Ireland

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 - Publication

This guidance is intended for use by organisers of events such as music festivals or agricultural shows where a temporary water supply may be required. It applies to all events that may require a connection to a new water supply as well...