• First year university students urged to get MenC vaccineFirst year university students urged to get MenC vaccine

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging all first year university students who haven’t yet had their meningococcal C vaccine – better known as MenC, to get it as soon as possible. 

    MenC protects against infection by meningococcal group C bacteria, which can cause two very serious illnesses, meningitis and septicaemia that occur mainly in young children and young adults. 

  • Know your alcohol limits during the festive season Know your alcohol limits during the festive season

    The Christmas party season is just getting started and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to be mindful of their alcohol intake at this time. 
    People across Northern Ireland are looking forward to celebrating with nights out with family, friends and work colleagues, but if you choose to drink it’s easy to lose track of how much alcohol you are consuming. 
    The PHA’s Drugs and Alcohol Lead Owen O’ Neill said: “Christmas is a great time to relax and meet up with people to celebrate but it is very easy to overindulge. Excess alcohol can spoil the holiday for not only you but for your family. We are asking that people set limits for themselves and keep an eye on how many drinks they are having.” 

  • New outdoor gym to get Tobermore activeNew outdoor gym to get Tobermore active

    Tobermore is getting into its stride thanks to the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Magherafelt District Council opening a new outdoor gym.
    The free facility, based at Mill Park, has 16 pieces of equipment which offer a variety of benefits including improved balance and coordination, flexibility, strength and cardiovascular exercise.

  • Organ Donation Discussion Day December 11th – Tell your loved ones your wishes Organ Donation Discussion Day December 11th – Tell your loved ones your wishes

    A new organ donation campaign, which is being supported by the Northern Ireland Executive, has been launched to encourage families throughout Northern Ireland to sit down with their loved ones on December 11 and discuss their wishes on organ donation.

    Some 84%* of people in Northern Ireland support organ donation, however new statistics reveal that 38% of families here do not consent to the donation of their loved one’s organs, when faced with this choice.  This compares to a family refusal rate of only 15% in the leading organ donation rate countries, such as Spain.  A family will always have to consent to donation, irrespective of whether their loved one is on the organ donor register or not.

  • 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.

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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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First year university students urged to get MenC vaccine

Friday, 12 December 2014 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging all first year university students who haven’t yet had their meningococcal C vaccine – better known as MenC, to get it as soon as possible. 

MenC protects against infection by...

Laser pointer eye injury warning

Thursday, 11 December 2014 - News

In the lead up to Christmas the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging parents and carers not to buy their children laser pointers as presents as they are not toys, with several children in Northern Ireland having received eye damage over recent mon...

Know your alcohol limits during the festive season

Monday, 8 December 2014 - News

The Christmas party season is just getting started and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to be mindful of their alcohol intake at this time.

People across Northern Ireland are looking forward to celebrating with nights...

Leaflets for patients and vistors on healthcare associated infections - including accessible format

Monday, 8 December 2014 - Publication

‘The following suite of nine leaflets for patients and visitors to healthcare settings include information on healthcare associated infections, C. difficile, MRSA, norovirus, scabies, ESBL resistant bacteria, multi-drug resistant bacteria and laun...