• Stop smoking in Stoptober!Stop smoking in Stoptober!

    Stoptober is back and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is supporting the campaign by urging all smokers to take part in the 28 day stop smoking challenge during October, as smokers who give up their habit for four weeks are five times more likely to stop for good.

    Gerry Bleakney, Strategic Lead for Tobacco Control with the PHA, said: “Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health, so Stoptober is the perfect opportunity to give up your habit and enjoy both the health and financial benefits that stopping will bring. 


  • HSC R&D Division’s draft strategy consultation launchedHSC R&D Division’s draft strategy consultation launched

    The Health and Social Care Research and Development (HSC R&D) Division of the Public Health Agency (PHA) wishes to advise that the consultation on the draft HSC R&D strategy A Strategy for Health & Social Care Research and Development in Northern Ireland has been launched today. The consultation will be open until 5pm on Friday 02 January 2015.

    Research and development in health and social care is always important. However, it is particularly vital at this time of extreme financial pressures that the best possible, evidence-based and cost effective diagnoses, treatments and services are developed for service users and the public in Northern Ireland and beyond. 

  • National Eye Health Week – your vision matters!National Eye Health Week – your vision matters!

    Research from the College of Optometrists shows that 84% of adults value their sight more than any other sense, yet many people are living with poor vision and putting their sight at risk because of failure to get their eyes checked.

    During National Eye Health Week (22–28 September) the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the importance of eye health and the need for everyone to have their eyes tested every two years.

  • Dig for mental health Dig for mental health

    Gardening is being used as a tool to promote mental and emotional wellbeing through a new pilot project funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA).

    The project ‘Wellbeing with nature’ will run over two years and involve around 200 people from across Belfast.

    Participants will take part in an eight week course which uses gardening as a form of therapy for people with mental health issues including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Aneurysm screening programme successAneurysm screening programme success

    The Northern Ireland Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme has published its first annual report highlighting the programme success, with 81% of the men invited attending for a scan.

    The report has been produced by the Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust on the programme, which is available across Northern Ireland.

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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.

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.

Public Health

Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Operations

Latest

Stop smoking in Stoptober!

Monday, 29 September 2014 - News

Stoptober is back and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is supporting the campaign by urging all smokers to take part in the 28 day stop smoking challenge during October, as smokers who give up their habit for four weeks are five times more lik...

HSC R&D Division’s draft strategy consultation launched

Monday, 29 September 2014 - News

The Health and Social Care Research and Development (HSC R&D) Division of the Public Health Agency (PHA) wishes to advise that the consultation on the draft HSC R&D strategy A Strategy for Health & Social Care Research and Developm...

National Eye Health Week – your vision matters!

Friday, 26 September 2014 - News

Research from the College of Optometrists shows that 84% of adults value their sight more than any other sense, yet many people are living with poor vision and putting their sight at risk because of failure to get their eyes checked.

During...

Teenage immunisations for ages 14 to 18 (English and translations)

Thursday, 25 September 2014 - Publication

This booklet explains about the routine immunisations that are offered to all young people before they leave school.