• Get moving with a work out at workGet moving with a work out at work

    Too much time sitting can be bad for your health and many of us spend a lot of our work hours at a desk, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging everyone to get up and get more active throughout the day.

  • Public Health Agency issues synthetic cannabinoids warningPublic Health Agency issues synthetic cannabinoids warning

    The Public Health Agency’s (PHA’s) Drug and Alcohol Monitoring and Information System (DAMIS) has been receiving reports of people across Northern Ireland experiencing unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects after smoking synthetic cannabinoids, with a number of users having been hospitalised.

    The PHA is using its early warning system to raise awareness of the risks of this specific group of new emerging substances and is urging those who feel unwell after taking these drugs to seek medical help urgently.

  • Nursery rhymes key to language developmentNursery rhymes key to language development

    An innovative learning programme is teaching parents that nursery rhymes aren’t just fun to sing with children but also have a positive impact on improving language skills.
     

    Developed by speech and language therapists in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT) and funded by the Public Health Agency (PHA), the ‘2 Rhymes by 2’ project aims to encourage parents and carers to use rhymes like ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ and ‘Round and Round the Garden’ as a way of interacting with their children to develop language skills.

  • Fourth Public Health Annual Scientific Conference Fourth Public Health Annual Scientific Conference

    The Public Health Agency and partners will be hosting the fourth Public Health Annual Scientific Conference on Wednesday 10 June 2015 at Riddel Hall, Stranmillis Road, Belfast.

    The theme of the Conference will be 'Making Life Better – Improving health and care for adults'. It will focus on how public health innovations, research and practice are meeting the needs of our adult population between the ages of 18-64 years. The conference will focus on five of the themes within the new Public Health Strategy, Making Life Better which was launched in June 2014 by the Northern Ireland Executive.

  • Artwork of older people in the frame at gala exhibitionArtwork of older people in the frame at gala exhibition

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Arts Care are launching an exhibition of arts and craft by older people as part of the third Here and Now Older People’s Arts and Wellbeing Festival.
    The gala showpiece, ‘RIPE 2’ exhibition at the Ulster Hall, Belfast features artwork by older people over the age of 60 who have never had a solo exhibition.

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.

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Latest

Public Health Agency issues synthetic cannabinoids warning

Thursday, 23 April 2015 - News

The Public Health Agency’s (PHA’s) Drug and Alcohol Monitoring and Information System (DAMIS) has been receiving reports of people across Northern Ireland experiencing unpleasant and potentially dangerous side effects after smoking synthetic canna...

Get moving with a work out at work

Thursday, 23 April 2015 - News

Too much time sitting can be bad for your health and many of us spend a lot of our work hours at a desk, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging everyone to get up and get more active throughout the day.

Over three out of five of u...

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2014/2015

Thursday, 23 April 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.

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Nursery rhymes key to language development

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 - News

An innovative learning programme is teaching parents that nursery rhymes aren’t just fun to sing with children but also have a positive impact on improving language skills.

Developed by speech and language therapis...