• Health and social care professionals welcome findings from Northern Ireland Audit of Dementia Care in Acute HospitalsHealth and social care professionals welcome findings from Northern Ireland Audit of Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals

    The Health Minister, Simon Hamilton, today welcomed the findings of an audit report which examines the quality of dementia care in hospitals from the patient’s admission to discharge.

  • Assembly says ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here’Assembly says ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here’

    Parliament Buildings, the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly, has become the latest venue to sign up to the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme.

    There are now more than 400 businesses, council facilities and popular local attractions part of the scheme, which aims to help make breastfeeding mums feel comfortable about feeding their baby in public.

  • Choose to protect yourself – the new sexual health campaign from the PHAChoose to protect yourself – the new sexual health campaign from the PHA

    Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are on the rise in Northern Ireland, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is launching a major new campaign aimed at improving and protecting people’s sexual health and wellbeing.

    Northern Ireland had the largest proportional increase in new HIV diagnoses anywhere in the UK between 2000-2013, and the overall number of people here living with the condition has almost doubled over the past decade. There were also 537 new episodes of uncomplicated gonorrhoea diagnosed in Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinics in 2013, compared with 451 in 2012 and 336 in 2011.

  • Direct Access Physiotherapy makes service more accessibleDirect Access Physiotherapy makes service more accessible

    A new initiative giving people the opportunity to refer themselves for physiotherapy treatment without having to see a GP or other healthcare professional has been established on a pilot basis in the South Eastern Area.

    The Public Health Agency (PHA), Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and South Eastern Trust (SET) have launched a pilot programme of Direct Access physiotherapy in the SET for patients over the age of 16 who have a musculoskeletal problem.

    Self-referral through the scheme is now available.

  • Men’s Health Week: time to think about lifesaving AAA screeningMen’s Health Week: time to think about lifesaving AAA screening

    This week is Men’s Health Week (15-21 June), which aims to raise awareness of preventable health issues among men of all ages and also encourage them to seek professional advice for health-related problems.

    It is also almost three years since the Northern Ireland Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme was rolled out across the region, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Men’s Health Week to urge all men aged 65 to seriously consider taking up the offer of having this vital health check – a simple procedure which could be lifesaving. 

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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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Health and social care professionals welcome findings from Northern Ireland Audit of Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals

Friday, 26 June 2015 - News

The Health Minister, Simon Hamilton, today welcomed the findings of an audit report which examines the quality of dementia care in hospitals from the patient’s admission to discharge. 

Minister Hamilton said: “Dementia has a huge impac...

Assembly says ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here’

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - News

Parliament Buildings, the home of the Northern Ireland Assembly, has become the latest venue to sign up to the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme.

There are now more than 400 businesses, council facilities and po...

Birth to five

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - Publication

This book provides information on caring for children up to five years old and contact details for useful organisations. It is available to new parents resident in Northern Ireland through primary care services (antenatal clinics, GPs or health vi...

The Pregnancy Book

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - Publication

This book provides information on many aspects of pregnancy and a list of useful organisations.
It is available to first time expectant mothers resident in Northern Ireland through primary care services (antenatal clinics, GPs or health visit...