• Good hygiene is important for a fun day out with all the familyGood hygiene is important for a fun day out with all the family

    With the better weather, many families will be planning day trips over the coming weeks, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding everyone of the importance of personal hygiene when visiting farms and swimming pools.

  • Public health chiefs saddle up for Belfast visitPublic health chiefs saddle up for Belfast visit

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is welcoming public health leaders from Yorkshire as they embark on an eight-day cycling challenge.

    Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health at East Riding of Yorkshire, and a team of his colleagues will spend a day in Belfast seeing the PHA’s cycling initiatives and promoting cycling as one of the best ways for people to achieve good health and fitness. They will then take part in a cycling challenge which will take them from Sligo to Dublin and across the Pennines to Bridlington to promote public health and cycling, as well as raising money for charity.

  • Think FAST during Action on Stroke MonthThink FAST during Action on Stroke Month

    Strokes claim the lives of around 1,000 people in Northern Ireland every year. It is the third most common cause of death and the greatest cause of adult disability. The month of May is Action on Stroke Month, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding people to ‘think FAST’ if they see someone having a stroke.

  • Employees lose 9,467 lbs during £ for lb challengeEmployees lose 9,467 lbs during £ for lb challenge

    1,620 employees from 36 companies across Northern Ireland have been tackling their weight and changing their lifestyles, supported by their employers who took part in Business in the Community’s £ for lb 12 week Challenge.

    Collectively, the employees lost 9,467 lbs (676 stone) – this equates to the weight of 52 average-sized UK men, or more than the weight of the average killer whale! In total, participants lost 1,509 waist inches which is almost the same height as Victoria Square.

  • Remember the person behind the dementiaRemember the person behind the dementia

    ‘Remember the person behind the dementia’ is the message from health and social care professionals during Dementia Awareness Week 2016 (15-21 May).

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) are working jointly with the Alzheimer’s Society, Dementia NI and Health and Social Care Trusts to promote a culture which ensures people with dementia are supported to live with dignity and without stigma. 

    Eleanor Ross, Nurse Consultant at PHA, said: “With an ageing population, dementia is becoming a bigger issue for society, so it is important that we look at how we can raise awareness about the condition and consider how we as a community respond to it.

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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.


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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Guidelines for the provision of temporary drinking water supplies at events in Northern Ireland

Friday, 27 May 2016 - Publication


This guidance is intended for use by organisers of events such as music festivals or agricultural shows where a temporary water supply may be required. It applies to all events that may require a connection to a new wate...

New psychoactive substances: factsheet

Thursday, 26 May 2016 - Publication

This factsheet has been produced in response to requests from parents and those working with young people for information on 'new psychoactive substances' (NPS).

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2015/2016

Thursday, 26 May 2016 - 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.




Wednesday, 25 May 2016 - Publication

This poster, available as a PDF download only, raises awareness about the amount of water that should be drunk if someone has taken Ecstasy and is dancing non-stop. The message is if you've taken Ecstasy and you're dancing non-st...