Policy Advisor- Māori

10 May 2019 10:59 AM | Anonymous

Public Health Association of New Zealand is looking for a Policy Advisor- Māori

Summary of your role

As the Policy Advisor - Māori, you will be responsible for leading all aspects of PHA policy development, submission development and policy communications with our members. You will be a strong leader with influential communication skills, providing then helping others understand and apply a Treaty “lens” to all PHA’s policy development and analysis. Your primary working relationships will be with national office staff, the Policy Working Group, policy stakeholders, and PHA members. As part of a policy and communications team, you will manage PHA’s policy statement development process and coordinate the Policy Working Group.

As a vital part of our team, you’ll work with us to develop collaborative efforts toward evidence-informed submissions that will support our members and stakeholders in advocating for better health outcomes and health equity in Aotearoa New Zealand.

At PHA we are well on our way in ngā rerenga Tiriti o Waitangi. We have a Kaumātua, a high number of Māori on our Council and a Māori Caucus of members. You will work with all our staff and members to up the game on Treaty advocacy and learning. You will be encouraged to support the office with reo skills and knowledge of tikanga in our work and in our office culture. You will bring with you strong networks that span Māori health professionals, promoters and Māori community leaders.

You will be accountable for the work you do and contribute positively to future outcomes for the association and public health in New Zealand.

We are looking for someone who

  • Has a passion for policy analysis and development, ideally in public health
  • Shows respect for, and has an interest in, Māori history and traditions, including use and pronunciation of Te Reo Māori
  • Is comfortable in situations where tikanga is observed and shows leadership in asserting its importance
  • Understands the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi for policy analysis and development
  • Can work in a small team to be responsive to policy initiatives and democratic processes in often very short time frames
  • Has experience with content development, design, editing and publishing effective information resources, ideally for advocacy and health promotion campaigns

Terms and conditions

This is a part- time (45 hours per fortnight) fixed term position.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position description available here 

Further information and applications: Dr Prudence Stone prudence@pha.org.nz

Closing date: Please send your application, including a full CV, no later than May 31, 5pm.

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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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