Presentation on theme: "The Public Health Association of New Zealand A strong and informed advocate for public health A values-based, member-driven association. www.pha.org.nz."— Presentation transcript:
The Public Health Association of New Zealand A strong and informed advocate for public health A values-based, member-driven association.
The Public Health Association of New Zealand National office with 2.4 FTE staff 7 Branches – Te Tai Tokerau, Waikato-BoP, Auckland, Canterbury, Central Districts, Otago/Southland, Wellington.
Our aims Promotion of informed public debate on health and health services Promotion of research and dissemination of knowledge relevant to the health of New Zealanders Promotion of participation in the formulation and evaluation of health policy Supporting informed and coordinated action on public health issues Encouraging the development of trained and effective people working for health To be a strong and informed advocate for health
Our policy priorities Māori health Social, economic, cultural and environmental determinants of health Health inequalities, including health services Infrastructure for public health Initiatives on matters of PHA policy (e.g. tobacco control, breastfeeding, food and nutrition, child poverty, violence)
Our strategic approach Strategic alliances Public support Evidence-based policies and other tools Active, respected and informed advocate Encourage and translate research for public debate
Our structure PHA members Branch Elected Council and officersAsian CaucusPacific CaucusMāori Caucus
National Office work Advocacy on issues – recently section 59 of the Crimes Act, direct to consumer advertising, child poverty, climate change Working with other NGOs and agencies on common issues Supporting PHA conference Submissions – e.g. Budget Policy Statement, Sale and supply of liquor review, Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi Deletion Bill Developing public health generic competencies Communicating with members – Bulletin, PHA News Media releases on current issues
PHA branches Promoting public health locally, e.g. the Wellington branch holds a regular post-budget breakfast; the Christchurch branch sponsored a child health summit Advocating on specific local issues, e.g. the Waikato branch involved in campaign to retain fluoride; Preparing and presenting submissions on behalf of PHA Organising the annual conference
Six reasons to join Help promote public health Help develop healthy public policy Take part in public health meetings and conferences Receive newsletters and weekly bulletins Have access to public health research and reports Take part in local branch activities