• Keeping people with dementia active during winter monthsKeeping people with dementia active during winter months

    In line with our dementia ‘Still Me’ campaign and the fast approaching winter months, it is important to keep people with dementia active by engaging in activities that they are interested in and are not weather permitting. 

  • Get the shingles jab if you are aged 70 or 78 Get the shingles jab if you are aged 70 or 78

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding all people aged 70 and 78 years old that they are eligible to receive the shingles vaccine. Every year in Northern Ireland, around 1,000 people in their seventies will get shingles. The vaccine will help protect against this common and painful disease and its complications. 

  • Funding to retain nurses in care of older peopleFunding to retain nurses in care of older people

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is delighted to have been successful in securing a significant grant for ‘Project RETAIN’ from the prestigious Burdett Trust for Nursing. The funding will support a regional initiative in partnership with local Health and Social Care Trusts, the Department of Health, Age NI and nurse education providers, which will aim to improve nurse retention and recruitment in care of older people’s settings in Northern Ireland.

    Mary Hinds, Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at the PHA, said: “Over the past 100 years, life expectancy for both men and women in Northern Ireland has increased. In 2013‐15, male and female life expectancy was around 78 years and 82 years respectively.

  • Adverse weatherAdverse weather

    During adverse weather many people can experience a range of situations associated with the extreme weather such as cold and freezing temperatures, no electricity or mains water and flooding.  The Public Health Agency (PHA) has compiled public health information to assist the public in these situations

  • Stop smoking in Stoptober!Stop smoking in Stoptober!

    During Stoptober the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging all smokers in Northern Ireland to use this time as an opportunity to quit for good by availing of one of the free stop smoking services that are available here.

    Colette Rogers, Strategic Lead for Tobacco Control with the PHA, said: “Stopping smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health. While we know that stopping smoking isn’t easy the good news is that help is at hand.

    “Different approaches will work for different people; while some might be able to do it with very little support, others find that planning ahead and making use of stop smoking support services can really help make their decision permanent. 

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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.

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Latest

Influenza Weekly Surveillance Bulletin, Northern Ireland, 2017/18

Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 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.

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Clarification regarding tendering for all apsects of the revised Lifeline service

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 11:35am - News

A news story on Lifeline broadcast on 17 October 2017 reported that a particular named provider would deliver the regional helpline aspect of the revised Lifeline service. The Public Health Agency would like to clarify that all parts of the servic...

Keeping people with dementia active during winter months

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - News

In line with our dementia ‘Still Me’ campaign and the fast approaching winter months, it is important to keep people with dementia active by engaging in activities that they are interested in and are not weather permitting.

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Funding to retain nurses in care of older people

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is delighted to have been successful in securing a significant grant for ‘Project RETAIN’ from the prestigious Burdett Trust for Nursing. The funding will support a regional initiative in partnership with local Healt...