• Take care in the sun this week!Take care in the sun this week!

    Many people will be looking forward to the bank holiday this weekend [Monday 29 May] and with good weather expected the Public Health Agency (PHA) and Cancer Focus Northern Ireland are urging people to have fun outdoors, but are reminding them to take care in the sun.

    Dr Miriam McCarthy, Consultant in Public Health Medicine at the PHA, explained: “Being active and having fun outside is good for our health. It improves our moods, allows us to get more active and provides vitamin D.

  • Public health chiefs saddle up for cycling challengePublic health chiefs saddle up for cycling challenge

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is welcoming public health leaders from England and the Republic of Ireland as they embark on an eight-day ‘Cities of Culture’ cycling challenge. 

    Last year, the cycling team visited Belfast to see the PHA’s cycling initiatives and this time round they’ll be visiting Derry/Londonderry, Enniskillen and Armagh before cycling on to Kells, Co Meath and then Dublin. From there, the cyclists will sail to Liverpool and then cycle to Hull.

  • Belfast gets £1.3m boost for pioneering cancer researchBelfast gets £1.3m boost for pioneering cancer research

    Belfast doctors, nurses and scientists are set to receive a major cash boost for pioneering research into cancer. Leading charity Cancer Research UK and the HSC Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency (HSC R&D) plan to jointly invest around £1.3 million over the next five years in ground-breaking work at the Belfast Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre (ECMC).

  • International Clinical Trials Day 2017International Clinical Trials Day 2017

    International Clinical Trials Day helps to raise awareness of the benefits of research.

    Each year, on International Clinical Trials Day (ICTD), HSC R&D Division and its HSC partners highlight that it’s ‘OK to ask’ about clinical research.

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.


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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Get more active during Walk to School Week

Monday, 15 May 2017 - News

This week (15-19 May) is Walk to School Week and the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging everyone to get more active by leaving the car at home and walking the school run.

Statistics show just over three-fifths (61%) of primary school...

Beating cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine - questions and answers for parents of girls in Year 9 and 10 (English and eight translations)

Monday, 15 May 2017 - Publication

This leaflet provides more detailed information in a question and answer format about the HPV vaccine offered to girls in Year 9 and 10 which can help protect against cervical cancer.

Beating cervical cancer: information for girls in Year 9 and 10, aged 12-13 (English and eight translations)

Monday, 15 May 2017 - Publication

This leaflet is distributed to girls in Year 9 and 10 and explains about the HPV vaccine, which can help protect against cervical cancer.


Human papillomavirus (HPV) immunisation programme - Factsheet for healthcare professionals

Thursday, 11 May 2017 - Publication

This factsheet provides information for health professionals on the Humanpapillomavirus(HPV) immunisation programme for girls aged 12-13 years.