• New HIV diagnoses remain at worryingly high level in Northern IrelandNew HIV diagnoses remain at worryingly high level in Northern Ireland

    Ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has published the ‘HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2014’ report.

    The annual number of new first-UK diagnoses made in Northern Ireland is similar to 2012, with 95 cases in 2012 and 94 cases in 2013, the year which the report covers. However, compared with the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland had the largest proportional increase in new HIV diagnoses between 2000 and 2013. Of the new diagnoses of HIV in Northern Ireland in 2013, 57% occurred in men who have sex with men (MSM). 749 HIV-infected residents of Northern Ireland received care for their HIV during 2013.

  • New mental health campaign urges people to ‘talk to someone you trust’New mental health campaign urges people to ‘talk to someone you trust’

    The Public Health Agency’s (PHA) new mental health campaign is urging people who are feeling low to talk to someone they trust.

    Almost one in five people in Northern Ireland at any one time show signs of a possible mental health problem and the new campaign emphasises that people experiencing anxiety, depression or despair can and do recover.

    The campaign emphasises the importance of talking as the first step in the recovery journey and that recovery is possible from seeking help.

  • Active travel plan to get city on the moveActive travel plan to get city on the move

    The 2012/13 Northern Ireland Health Survey shows that 28% of adults do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week. While the Chief Medical Officer recommends that we should be aiming for 150 minutes per week, only around half (53%) of adults in Northern Ireland meet this target.
    To help tackle this issue the Belfast Strategic Partnership (BSP), which is led by the Public Health Agency (PHA), Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and Belfast City Council, is launching the Belfast Active Travel Action Plan which aims to build a healthier city by encouraging people to incorporate walking and/or cycling into their daily travel.


  • Make sure your pre-schooler gets their flu vaccine Make sure your pre-schooler gets their flu vaccine

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging parents to get their pre-school children aged two and over vaccinated this autumn as part of the annual flu vaccination programmes.

    Pre-school children aged two years and over can receive the vaccination through their local GP surgery. It is offered as a nasal flu vaccine, which comes in the form of a simple spray. This means that parents of these children can ensure their child receives the best protection against the flu by availing of the free vaccine.

  • COPD risk can be cut by stopping smoking nowCOPD risk can be cut by stopping smoking now

    In 2013/14, 35,663 people in Northern Ireland were registered as having Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which is a life-threatening lung disease caused primarily by smoking.

    In line with the theme for this year’s World COPD Day [Wednesday 19 November] ‘It's Not Too Late’, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging smokers to make a decision to stop smoking today and reduce their risk of developing the disease.

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

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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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Make sure your pre-schooler gets their flu vaccine

Friday, 28 November 2014 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging parents to get their pre-school children aged two and over vaccinated this autumn as part of the annual flu vaccination programmes.

New HIV diagnoses remain at worryingly high level in Northern Ireland

Friday, 28 November 2014 - News

Ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December, the Public Health Agency (PHA) has published the ‘HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2014’ report.

HIV surveillance in Northern Ireland 2014

Friday, 28 November 2014 - Publication

This report aims to provide an overview of HIV epidemiology in Northern Ireland by collating and analysing information from a number of sources. Although it reflects epidemiological trends over time, its main focus will be on data collected in 201...

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2014/2015

Thursday, 27 November 2014 - 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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