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Public Health Ethics
Living in healthy environments
All New Zealanders should have the opportunity to live in environments that allow them to have long, healthy, and happy lives. As a society we need to make decisions about how our environments are organised and the role we have to play in looking after our own health and the health of others. This balance of individual and community interests is at the core of public health ethics.
For the last few years, the Public Health Association has been thinking about how public health ethics play out in Aotearoa New Zealand and the ways in which we can ‘think public health ethics’ when we make decisions about the environments we live in.
Among many other achievements this year has been the development and dissemination of the Code of Public Health Ethics – for which we thank, among many others, past National Executive Officer Gay Keating.
And now the Living in healthy environments booklet has been developed. When we talked with public health organisations about the Code of Public Health Ethics they told us they would like a resource that provided examples of ethical issues in the public health space and information about what guides action around these issues.
This resource has been produced in response, as has a supporting PowerPoint tool which assists with discussion about the ethical issues public health organisations face.
Code of Public Health Ethics for Aotearoa New Zealand
The Code is a living document that will be reviewed and added to at regular intervals.
Download a PowerPoint presentation tool that can be used to introduce the issue into an organisation or discipline and to prompt a discussion of ethical issues in the public health space.
References and timeline
The following is a timeline covering the development of the Code of Ethics so far, including links to documents where relevant.
Public health ethics internationally
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