• New service launched to help families with inherited risk of heart diseaseNew service launched to help families with inherited risk of heart disease

    Today the Public Health Agency (PHA) is launching a new service to identify people at risk from a symptomless genetic disorder that increases a person’s chance of early heart disease and premature death. 

    About one in 500 people has Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH), an inherited condition that means their cholesterol levels are higher than normal from birth. 

    The service has been developed and funded through a partnership between Health and Social Care and Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS).

  • Exercise tests preparedness for Ebola in Northern Ireland Exercise tests preparedness for Ebola in Northern Ireland

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) held a comprehensive exercise today to enable a review of Ebola preparedness in Northern Ireland.

    Senior health professionals from the DHSSPS, PHA, Health and Social Care Board, the five health trusts and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service participated in the exercise. 

  • New video explains all about breast screening New video explains all about breast screening

    A new video that shows women what to expect when they attend for breast screening has been produced by the Public Health Agency (PHA). It covers the whole process of screening – from receiving the invitation letter to getting the results. The video is aimed at women who have never attended for breast screening or who have been invited for the first time.

  • Advice if flooding occursAdvice if flooding occurs

    In light of the recent heavy downpours, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising people of the potential public health risks associated with flooding.

    The main risk relates to injuries caused by hidden dangers under the water such as missing manhole covers or people falling into fast flowing waters. The stress and strain of being flooded and cleaning up can have a notable impact on mental health and wellbeing....

  • Five steps towards better mental health Five steps towards better mental health

    Today on World Mental Health Day, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people to adopt five simple steps to improve their mental wellbeing.

    Looking after mental health is just as important as taking care of physical health, so the PHA is urging people to look at ways of improving their mental health and wellbeing.

    The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and are:

    • Connect – engage with the people around you – family, friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home, work, school, or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them.

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

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2014/2015

Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 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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Baseline Survey of Northern Ireland Public Awareness of Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Thursday, 30 October 2014 - Publication

In May 2014, the Public Health Agency (the PHA) commissioned Social Market Research (www.socialmarketresearch.co.uk) to undertake a baseline...

New service launched to help families with inherited risk of heart disease

Monday, 27 October 2014 - News

Today the Public Health Agency (PHA) is launching a new service to identify people at risk from a symptomless genetic disorder that increases a person’s chance of early heart disease and premature death. 

About one i...

Exercise tests preparedness for Ebola in Northern Ireland

Thursday, 23 October 2014 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) held a comprehensive exercise today to enable a review of Ebola preparedness in Northern Ireland.