• Ovarian cancer – do you know what to look for?Ovarian cancer – do you know what to look for?

    It’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is highlighting the key signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and urging women to talk to their GP if they think something is wrong.

    Dr Miriam McCarthy, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the PHA, said: “Cancer of the ovary affects over 180 women each year in Northern Ireland and is more common in women over the age of 50. 

  • Services available for people who self-harmServices available for people who self-harm

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Self-Harm Awareness Day (1 March), to encourage people who are affected by self-harm to seek help.

    Dr Denise O’ Hagan, Public Health Consultant with the PHA, said: “People self-harm for various reasons and are usually experiencing severe emotional distress. Self-harm is when a person harms themselves through injury or poisoning. For some people, self-harm is a way of coping with and communicating their distress, but for others it can be associated with a wish to end their lives and therefore it should always be taken seriously. 

  • Fuel Poverty Awareness Day – top tips from Public Health AgencyFuel Poverty Awareness Day – top tips from Public Health Agency

    With more than two in five households here in fuel poverty, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Fuel Poverty Awareness Day (Friday 17 February) to highlight energy efficiency tips and services that many people may find useful in helping to tackle the issue.

  • PHA Draft Corporate Plan 2017–21PHA Draft Corporate Plan 2017–21

    Corporate Plan Consultation - Deadline Extended to 22 February 2017

    The PHA draft Corporate Plan is now out for public consultation (28 November 2016–22 February 2017).

    This draft plan sets out the strategic direction for the Public Health Agency for the next four years and has been developed through engagement with staff and colleagues and a wide range of external stakeholders.

  • World Cancer Day: signs and symptoms and ways to cut the risks World Cancer Day: signs and symptoms and ways to cut the risks

    At least one in three of us will get cancer, and with an increasing number of cases each year in Northern Ireland, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is using World Cancer Day (4 February) to raise awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and encourage people to speak to their GP if they experience any of them.

Choose to live better Be Cancer Aware Want 2 Stop Lifeline Helpline Organ Donation Northern Ireland Minding Your Head

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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Ovarian cancer – do you know what to look for?

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 - News

It’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is highlighting the key signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and urging women to talk to their GP if they think something is wrong.

Dr Miriam McCarthy, Consultant in Pub...

Services available for people who self-harm

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is using Self-Harm Awareness Day (1 March), to encourage people who are affected by self-harm to seek help.

Dr Denise O’ Hagan, Public Health Consultant with the PHA, said: “People self-harm for various reason...

Cervical screening: the colposcopy examination (English and 11 translations)

Monday, 27 February 2017 - Publication

Testing for high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) as triage and test of cure was introduced into the Northern Ireland Cervical Screening Programme on Monday 28 January 2013. This policy change significantly altered the screening pathway for wome...

Cervical cancer: it's best to take the test (English and 11 translations)

Monday, 27 February 2017 - Publication

Testing for high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) as triage and test of cure was introduced into the Northern Ireland Cervical Screening Programme on Monday 28 January 2013. This policy change significantly altered the screening pathway for wome...