• Public support is key during World Breastfeeding WeekPublic support is key during World Breastfeeding Week

    Next week is World Breastfeeding Week 2016 (1-7 August) and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging everyone to show support for mums who breastfeed in public.
    The theme for the week, which is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, is “A Key to Sustainable Development” – highlighting how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about valuing wellbeing from the very start of life, respecting each other, caring for the world we share and making best use of our resources.

  • Can you help prevent the spread of hepatitis on World Hepatitis Day? Can you help prevent the spread of hepatitis on World Hepatitis Day?

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people who think they may be at risk of hepatitis B or C to get tested and prevent the spread on World Hepatitis Day (28 July).

    Viral hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. It kills 4,000 people every day worldwide and, although not very common in Northern Ireland, it is estimated 400 million people across the globe are infected. These infections can be prevented, but most people don't know how.

  • New initiative to tackle drugs on our streetsNew initiative to tackle drugs on our streets

    An initiative known as RAPID (Remove All Prescription and Illegal Drugs), which is helping to remove illegal and prescription drugs from our streets by providing drug disposal bins, is to be rolled  out  across Northern Ireland after a successful pilot. This new initiative is just the latest in a wide range of coordinated action across agencies to reduce harm from the misuse of alcohol and drugs.

    There are currently 14 bins in existence, sited mainly in the Belfast, South Eastern and Northern Health and Social Care Trust (HSCT) areas. To date over 65,000 tablets (over 90% of which have been prescription drugs) have been removed from our streets through this project.

  • Sarcoma Awareness Month – do you know what to look for?Sarcoma Awareness Month – do you know what to look for?

    July is Sarcoma Cancer Awareness Month, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is highlighting the key signs and symptoms of sarcoma cancer and is urging people to talk to their GP if they think something is wrong.

  • First awards for Personal and Public InvolvementFirst awards for Personal and Public Involvement

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) have awarded their first accolades for Personal and Public Involvement (PPI) in Health and Social Care.

    Four awards were handed out in categories for Quality and Safety, Service Improvement, Innovation and Involvement, and Best Involvement Story.

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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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Public support is key during World Breastfeeding Week

Friday, 29 July 2016 - News

Next week is World Breastfeeding Week 2016 (1-7 August) and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging everyone to show support for mums who breastfeed in public.

The theme for the week, which is coordinated by the World Allian...

Can you help prevent the spread of hepatitis on World Hepatitis Day?

Thursday, 28 July 2016 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people who think they may be at risk of hepatitis B or C to get tested and prevent the spread on World Hepatitis Day (28 July).

Viral hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases known as...

Mind your head, a student guide to mental health

Thursday, 28 July 2016 - Publication

This booklet is full of practical tips and information on managing stress and achieving and maintaining positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. It also contains a comprehensive list of helpful local organisations and websites. The booklet...

New initiative to tackle drugs on our streets

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - News

An initiative known as RAPID (Remove All Prescription and Illegal Drugs), which is helping to remove illegal and prescription drugs from our streets by providing drug disposal bins, is to be rolled out across Northern Ireland after a successful pi...