• School leavers urged to get new meningitis vaccineSchool leavers urged to get new meningitis vaccine

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging school leavers and first-time university students to get the new meningococcal vaccine which is available from today [3 August].

    Through a new immunisation programme, everyone born between 2 July 1996 and 1 July 1997, and first time university students up to the age of 25, will be offered the Men ACWY vaccine.

  • World Hepatitis Day – get tested and prevent the spreadWorld Hepatitis Day – get tested and prevent the spread

    To mark World Hepatitis Day today [28 July], the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people who think they may be at risk of hepatitis B or C infection in particular to get tested and prevent the spread.

    Viral hepatitis kills 4,000 people every day worldwide and, although not very common in Northern Ireland, it is estimated 400 million people across the globe are infected.
     

  •  Raising mental health awareness at Pride Raising mental health awareness at Pride

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is taking the opportunity during the Belfast Pride Festival to raise awareness about the importance of looking after our mental and emotional wellbeing.
     
    The 25th Belfast Pride Festival starts today (Friday 24 July) and runs until Sunday 2 August.
     Madeline Heaney, Regional Lead for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing at the PHA, said: “Belfast Pride Festival offers us a great opportunity to celebrate diversity and help raise awareness of the particular health issues faced by the LGB&T community. Evidence suggests that LGB&T people are at a statistically higher risk of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidal behaviour.”

  • Beauty therapists on the frontline against skin cancerBeauty therapists on the frontline against skin cancer

    With skin cancer on the rise, the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland have taken their message to the people who deal directly with our skin by holding workshops for beauty therapy tutors.

    The PHA and Cancer Focus NI have held a series of workshops for beauty therapy tutors in further education colleges across Northern Ireland with the aim of improving their knowledge and skills in the causes, prevention and early detection of skin cancer.  

  • 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.

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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.

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School leavers urged to get new meningitis vaccine

Monday, 3 August 2015 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging school leavers and first-time university students to get the new meningococcal vaccine which is available from today [3 August].

Through a new immunisation programme, everyone...

World Hepatitis Day – get tested and prevent the spread

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - News

To mark World Hepatitis Day today [28 July], the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people who think they may be at risk of hepatitis B or C infection in particular to get tested and prevent the spread.

Viral hepatitis kills 4,000 pe...

PHA Annual report and accounts 2014-2015

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - Publication

The Public Health Agency Annual report 2014–2015 provides background information about the PHA, highlights the achievements during the 2014–2015 financial year and provides an overview of work undertaken in priority areas within each dir...

Introduction of a meningococcal ACWY programme for adolescents

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 - Publication

This factsheet explains about the new Meningitis ACWY vaccination that is to be offered to teenagers aged 14-18 and young people starting university.

The new Meningitis ACWY vaccination will be offered from August 2015.