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Public health

Public health aims to keep our population well, improve health, and prevent illness. 

Health is influenced by a wide range of factors including our housing, income, diet, and access to health and other social services.  An important part of public health work is working together with communities and health services to influence the many wider causes of good health or ill health in our population.


For most people public health work will influence their lives in many different ways every day.  Examples include regulation of water supply, smokefree workplaces, bars and restaurants reduce our exposure to smoke; and vaccinations prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

What we do

Regional Public Health is a sub-regional public health service, working with communities across the greater Wellington region, through our three District Health Boards (DHBs), Capital and Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. As a service we are part of the Hutt Valley District Health Board.

We have a special focus on improving health of Māori, Pacific and those on low incomes, especially children within these families.

Much of the work in public health is behind the scenes ensuring a healthy and safe environment for our population, including writing submissions, influencing policy, enforcing health legislation, and working with other agencies to improve access to services and resources.

Our bold goal

We have set a long term aspirational bold goal to challenge and motivate our teams to bring collective purpose to our work. This bold goal is to halve the rate of avoidable hospital admissions for Māori, Pacific and children by 2021.

Our annual priorities are to:

  • Work with Māori
  • Engage with primary care
  • Focus on children