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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.