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News and Events
The PHA produces a newsletter three or four times per year. Some issues are in hard copy and some are electronic. Members of the PHA automatically receive the electronic version by e-mail each time it is produced. Print copies are mailed to members.
The PHA News is available online. Click here for the August 2012 issue.
Click here for an archive of back issues.
Kawerongo is the PHA's newsletter with a focus on Māori public health. The first five issues were published in print format and may be downloaded below. The newsletter now appears as a monthly e-bulletin Kawerongo Hiko. Click here to subscribe.
The PHA keeps a running calendar of public health events such as training seminars and conferences. The calendar is updated twice-weekly and can be accessed here.
If you have a public health event you would like included, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Health Bill
The Public Health Bill has been introduced to Parliament. The PHA has made a submission to the Health Select Committee which you can view online along with the PowerPoint display of main points used during the oral presentation.
PHA workshops presentation
The PHA held a number of workshops around the country to assist organisations and individuals to develop submission on the Bill.
Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from those meetings (PPS 261Kb).
It contains slides used at the workshops. Each workshop provided new insights into the proposed law; this final set differs slightly from those used earlier as it includes added contributions from many people.
The PHA is calling on its members and the public health community in general to make a submission on this important Bill.
To help, we have developed a template which includes some generic and then some optional paragraphs. You do not have to follow the wording exactly – in fact, it is probably better if you don't – but it will provide an indication of what to say to support public health.
Click here to download the template ( 125Kb).
Copies of the Bill and summaries
There is a summary of the Public Health Bill and two versions (one pdf, the other .txt) that you can access from Government sites online.
There is a short summary of the Bill on the Ministry of Health site.
There is text version of the Bill at knowledge basket which is quick to download and can be cut and pasted from. It can also be word searched using "ctrl f". It starts with a description of the Bill from the Minister. As it is a txt file it has no formatting so is a little harder to read. It is about 300 pages.
The Parliamentary website has a PDF version of the Public Health Bill. It is well formatted and easy to read but takes a long time to download. It is about 500 pages
The PHA has broken these huge documents into several Word files for easier handling. We have not checked every word so we cannot guarantee that gremlins have not got into the system as we have cut and pasted. We've taken all care but take no responsibility – the government copies are on the links above.
As part of its role in influencing public health policy, the PHA regularly releases media statements on topical public health issues.
Click here for an archive of past media releases.
The PHA develops submissions on a wide range of public health issues. These are listed below.
Report on the generic competencies for public health project
In 2005 a coalition of key public health disciplines led by the Public Health Association began work on developing a set of generic competencies for use across public health. The project is part of the foundation work in the Ministry of Health’s Public Health Workforce Development Plan (PH WDP).
After a period of consultation, reasonable initial agreement has been reached on the competencies and the coalition has submitted them to the Ministry of Health with a report making recommendations to support their implementation and use across the sector.
The generic competencies, the report to the Ministry, and a report on the consultation process are available here.
The coalition acknowledges and thanks the many people who have shared workplace and disciplinary competency statements, attended consultation meetings, provided comment and had input into the development of the competencies.
PHA in association with:
Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand (HPFNZ)
with input from the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (AFPHM).
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