How we work
We work with our communities to make it a healthier, safer place to live. We promote good health, prevent disease, and improve the quality of life for our population. We have a particular focus on children, Māori and Pacific populations.
We work across a variety of settings and our work spans a number of public health topics. More in-depth information on the type of work we do can be found under each public health topic.
An example of some of our work includes:
In our environment:
- Raising awareness of communicable diseases and following up outbreaks of disease, for example meningitis, tuberculosis and gastroenteritis.
- Investigating air, water and other pollution hazards.
- Working towards preventing unwanted diseases entering New Zealand by monitoring our local air and sea borders.
- Assisting during emergencies and natural disasters by working with Civil Defence and Emergency Management.
- Enforcing relevant health legislation.
In our community:
- We work closely with a variety of agencies to reduce the risk and harm caused by alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
- We provide support to new migrants entering the country.
- Promoting physical activity and healthy eating.
- Working towards a Smokefree Aotearoa by 2025.
- Public health nurses provide professional advice and support on child related problems and promote healthy living.
- We offer immunisation in schools according to the national immunisation schedule.
- We offer vision and hearing testing for pre-school and school age children.
- Working in early childhood centres and kōhanga reo to promote safe environments and good health practices.