• Pack a healthy snack for kids’ best start to schoolPack a healthy snack for kids’ best start to school

    As parents take to the shops thinking about what to pack in their children’s lunchboxes for the new school term, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging them to choose healthier options for a better break time.

    Leaflets on packing a healthy break are being sent out to pre-schools
     and the message is to steer clear of fizzy drinks and snacks high in added sugar, fat and salt, and to remember that children only need kid-sized portions.

  • Shingles vaccination programme launched for people aged 70, 78 and 79Shingles vaccination programme launched for people aged 70, 78 and 79

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is today launching the second year of the shingles vaccination programme, available from 1 October 2014, for all people aged 70 and a catch-up programme for people aged 78 and 79 years old to help protect against the common and painful skin disease and its complications.

  • City Council joins Breastfeeding Welcome Here schemeCity Council joins Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme

    Belfast City Council has become the latest organisation to join the Public Health Agency’s Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme, a Northern Ireland-wide programme to increase the number of premises which welcome breastfeeding mums.

    Belfast City Hall, along with 35 other council-run buildings, including community and leisure centres, have just signed up to the initiative, bringing the total number of popular local attractions, businesses and council facilities across Northern Ireland to 389.

  • Students encouraged to ‘mind their heads’Students encouraged to ‘mind their heads’

    As thousands of students across Northern Ireland start the new term at college or university, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using the opportunity to raise awareness of student mental health.

    To coincide with local Freshers’ Weeks this month, the agency is launching its revamped booklet ‘Mind Your Head: A student guide to mental health’.

    The booklet is full of practical tips and information on managing stress and achieving and maintaining positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. It also contains a comprehensive list of helpful local organisations and websites.

  • PHA launches ovarian cancer awareness programmePHA launches ovarian cancer awareness programme

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is today launching an ovarian cancer awareness programme which will see leaflets and posters distributed across Northern Ireland to highlight the signs and symptoms of the illness. The programme is being launched in partnership with Target Ovarian Cancer and Angels of Hope.

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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.

Public Health

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Latest

Shingles vaccination programme launched for people aged 70, 78 and 79

Thursday, 18 September 2014 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is today launching the second year of the shingles vaccination programme, available from 1 October 2014, for all people aged 70 and a catch-up programme for people aged 78 and 79 years old to help protect again...

Pack a healthy snack for kids’ best start to school

Thursday, 18 September 2014 - News

As parents take to the shops thinking about what to pack in their children’s lunchboxes for the new school term, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging them to choose healthier options for a better break time. ...

Getting to know your baby

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - Publication

This leaflet is for women who are pregnant and describes how they can start connecting with their baby. It explains what babies need to feel safe and secure and will help new mothers get off to a good start with feeding and caring for their babies...

Getting to know your baby poster

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - Publication

This poster for new mothers highlights what babies need to feel safe and secure and promotes the leaflet Getting to know your baby, which aims to help new mothers get off to a good start with feeding and caring for their babies.