Vacancy: Office assistant - PHANZ

05 Dec 2018 9:51 AM | Anonymous

The Public Health Association is looking for a part-time Office Assistant to join our small National Office team until the end of March 2019. Key tasks are: 

  • Organising meetings and booking travel
  • Responding to member and general queries
  • Keeping the office running, including general sorting, tidying and running round as needed
  • Collecting and processing mail
  • Organising the archiving and disposal of old paper files.

Your main working relationships would be with the CE and staff, but you’d also provide support to the PHA’s governing Council and our branches.

We need someone with some office experience, who can organise their time and work effectively and can be relied on to meet deadlines. If you’re keen on improving office systems, that would be even better.

This role would be ideal for someone who is interested in learning more about the non-profit sector or public and community health.

The work would be 15-20 hours a week, with days and times to be worked negotiable.

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Contact Keriata Stuart, Acting Manager


Ph. 04 472 3060

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Letter to the Listener 28 July 2017 in response to Fever Pitch (Listener 21 July 2017)

Catherine Woulfe’s thorough investigation of rheumatic fever brings to the surface a range of important questions not only about this cruel disease, but also wider issues about health policy. The Government’s bold initiative to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever as one of its 'Better Public Service' targets in 2012 certainly raised awareness of rheumatic fever for the general public as well as communities and families directly affected. But even when medical science and the public have a clearer understanding of the immediate causes of rheumatic fever, interventions like the $65m ‘sore throats matter’ still won’t stop the epidemic. 

Ramona Tiatia’s blunt description of the experience of affected families not only painted a picture of the impact on affected families and communities, it also highlighted the invidious choices our health funders face.  How much should we prioritise health spending between response to the urgent need of young people whose lives and potential can be devastated by the disease versus the expense of addressing the economic and social factors that underlie the reasons we have this epidemic at all?   

As several of the clinicians interviewed pointed out, it’s only when the poverty and over-crowded housing issues are addressed that we will make a real difference.

Rheumatic fever illustrates the contradictions in our health system identified in the recent American Commonwealth Fund report. Of the 11 countries the Fund monitors, the work our health professionals do is ranked among the highest. But our overall performance as a health system falls to the middle ranking because of our poor performance on access and equity. The Fund also notes that our per capita expenditure is among the cheapest. 

Failure to invest in real prevention - that is, poverty, housing, good nutrition etc. - will continue to drive conditions like rheumatic fever, whether the immediate cause is strep throat or skin sores, until we invest upstream.

Why not spend more on these conditions - the economic and social determinants of health? 

We all pay in the long run - the young people whose misery we tolerate and whose potential remains unfulfilled, the families whose sacrifices are unrewarded, and the taxpayer who picks up the tab.

Ngā mihi,
Warren Lindberg

CE Public Health Association of New Zealand


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