• ‘Coughing’ bus shelters to raise awareness of lung cancer ‘Coughing’ bus shelters to raise awareness of lung cancer

    Northern Ireland’s first ‘coughing’ bus shelters, created as part of an innovative Public Health Agency (PHA) campaign to raise awareness of the key signs of lung cancer, have started appearing on the streets of Belfast and Derry/ Londonderry.

    The coughing shelters form part of the latest phase of the PHA’s ‘Be Cancer Aware’ campaign and are specially built to cough intermittently when people are waiting for a bus.

  • PHA completes on-site work at Harland and Wolff following pneumococcal outbreakPHA completes on-site work at Harland and Wolff following pneumococcal outbreak

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has now completed its on-site work at Harland and Wolff in Belfast following an outbreak of pneumococcal disease linked to the premises.

  • Dementia Awareness Week 2015: ‘Do something new’Dementia Awareness Week 2015: ‘Do something new’

    ‘Do something different’ and open up about memory problems is the message from health and social care professionals during Dementia Awareness Week 2015 (17-24 May).

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) are working jointly with the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia NI and local Health and Social Care Trusts to promote a culture which ensures people with dementia are supported to live with dignity and without stigma. To enable this, everyone needs to talk openly with those closest to them about dementia; you could even pledge to become a ‘Dementia Friend’.

  • Walk to school for better healthWalk to school for better health

    This week is Walk to School Week and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging parents in Northern Ireland to do the school run on foot and start to feel the benefits for both them and their children.
    The great thing about walking is that it is simple and easy to do. It’s something that can be built in to your everyday routine and there’s no better way to get started than walking to school with your kids. It’s important that children are introduced to a culture of being active from an early age as it is something that will stay with them and benefit them throughout their lives.

  • PHA ‘cleans up’ at this year’s Balmoral ShowPHA ‘cleans up’ at this year’s Balmoral Show

    Each year, millions of infections around the world could be prevented through ensuring good hand hygiene. With farmers particularly exposed to potentially harmful organisms through their contact with animals and soil, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using technology at this year’s Balmoral Show to highlight the need for everyone to ‘clean your hands’.

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

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2014/2015

Thursday, 21 May 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.

...

Phase 2 Parent/Carer Questionnaire: Review of Allied Health Professions’ (AHP) support for children/young people with a statement of special educational needs

Thursday, 21 May 2015 - Publication

We want to know what you think about the AHP services for your child.

We will also seek views of AHPs and teachers who work with your children and we will use them all to inform our decisions.

This phase of the review is focusing on...

Northern Ireland Substitute Prescribing Database Report 31 March 2014

Thursday, 21 May 2015 - Publication

This bulletin summarises information on individuals referred to the Northern Ireland Substitute Prescribing Scheme (SPS). It relates to those referred up to and including the 31 March 2014 and focuses on those patients in contact with Substi...

‘Coughing’ bus shelters to raise awareness of lung cancer

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - News

Northern Ireland’s first ‘coughing’ bus shelters, created as part of an innovative Public Health Agency (PHA) campaign to raise awareness of the key signs of lung cancer, have started appearing on the streets of Belfast and Derry/ Londonderr...