• Northern Ireland setting the health systems research agendaNorthern Ireland setting the health systems research agenda

    Over 70 health and research professionals came together for a workshop on Tuesday 17 April to make sure Northern Ireland actively contributes to setting the health systems research agenda for the coming years, both at home and abroad.

    This ‘National Round Table Consultation’ was organised by the Research and Development Division of the Public Health Agency (HSC R&D, PHA) at Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, with the support of TO-REACH, a European consortium of 28 partners from throughout Europe and beyond, including funding bodies, policy makers and researchers.

  • Record numbers on Organ Donor Register, but still work to be doneRecord numbers on Organ Donor Register, but still work to be done

    Latest figures have revealed that the percentage of people in Northern Ireland on the Organ Donor Register (ODR) continues to rise, but with the number of actual donors having levelled out, much work still needs to be done, says the Public Health Agency (PHA).

     Dr Bríd Farrell, Assistant Director of Public Health at the PHA, said: “The significant increase in the number of people who have actively chosen to sign up to the Organ Donor Register over the past few years is fantastic news. Each person who has joined the ODR is saying that should the worst happen, they want to help others after their death.

  • Put a spring in your step as the clocks go forwardPut a spring in your step as the clocks go forward

    With the clocks having sprung forward at the weekend, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging everyone to use the stretch in the evenings to stretch their legs.

  • New TB figures act as reminder to be aware of symptoms New TB figures act as reminder to be aware of symptoms

    New figures from the Public Health Agency (PHA) reveal that the number of reported cases of Tuberculosis (TB) has dropped in Northern Ireland.

    The data have been published ahead of World TB Day [24 March] and show that there were 71 cases reported in 2017 compared with 85 confirmed cases in 2016. In 2015 there were 62 confirmed cases and 95 in 2014.

  • New national standards launched across the UK to improve public involvement in researchNew national standards launched across the UK to improve public involvement in research

    A set of national standards designed to improve the quality and consistency of public involvement in research launch today at the 2018 Patients First conference - hosted jointly by the AMRC and the ABPI - and at the Involving People Network Annual Meeting 2018.

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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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Dementia and sight loss

Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - Publication

This leaflet has useful information on sight loss for anyone with a dementia.You may also find this leaflet helpful if you are caring forsomeone with a dementia.


PHA-funded cancer care website launched

Friday, 20 April 2018 - News

‘Cancer Caring Coping’ (w...

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2017/18

Thursday, 19 April 2018 - 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.


A Picture of Health

Thursday, 19 April 2018 - Publication

This report outlines the key findings of the recent health needs assessment carried out across Northern Ireland. The aim of the study was to provide baseline information on the health needs, barriers to accessing current services, and the care pat...