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Public Health Association of New Zealand is looking for a Policy/Communications Advisor

Summary of your role

As the Policy/Communications Advisor, you will be responsible for leading all aspects of PHA policy development, submission development and policy communications with our members. Your primary working relationships will be with national office staff including the CEO, PHA policy partners, members, and the Policy Working Group.

Your role will include:

  • Leading the development of PHA policies and submissions
  • Leading the delivery of PHA policy events, including workshops & the annual policy forum
  • Producing communications for members & the public health community, including two email newsletters
  • Managing PHA social media
  • Managing the PHA website, including producing & updating content
  • Managing the policy statement development process & coordinating the Policy Working Group
  • Coordinating the production of The Lens, the journal of the PHA
  • Building and maintaining relationships with other NGOs, public health researchers, members, and other organisations and individuals with public health interests
  • Contributing to the overall development of the PHA.

Relevant Qualifications and Experience:

  • A passion for Public Health and Social Justice effective advocacy
  • A relevant qualification in the area of health (preferably public health)
  • Experience or an interest in policy development, ideally in public health
  • Experience in communications (Social Media content, print, video, releases)
  • Show respect for and have an interest in Māori tikanga, history and traditions, including use basic greetings and pronunciation of Te Reo Māori 
  • Uphold and uplift the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Māori Version)
  • Strong organisational skills and an interest in improving processes and systems
  • The ability to proactively manage multiple tasks and deadlines for self and others
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, and ability to communicate with a wide range of people and organisations
  • Experience at organising meetings/events
  • Knowledge of MS Outlook, Word, Excel, Mailchimp, Wild Apricot, Box, Survey Monkey, and web based content management systems
  • Flexibility, willingness to take on new tasks and contribute to other work in the office as needed

Terms and conditions

This is a part- time (45 hours per fortnight) 12 month fixed term position.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position description available here

Further information and applications to: Leah Bain

Closing date: Please send your application, including a full CV, no later than May 3rd 2021, 5 pm.

Public Health Association of New Zealand is looking for an Accounts/Admin assistant

As the Accounts/Admin Assistant, you will be responsible for accounts and administrative support to the Chief Executive and the small PHA’s National Office. You will be a vital part of our team, and work with us to ensure that National Office and its staff are well-supported in their day to day admin needs.

You will be accountable for the work you do and contribute positively to future outcomes for the Association and public health in New Zealand. As a part of our team you will 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.

We are looking for someone who

  • Ideally has a passion for Public Health and Social Justice issues in Aotearoa
  • Show respect for and have an interest in Māori history, tikanga and traditions, including use basic greetings and pronunciation of Te Reo Māori
  • Upholds and uplifts Te Tiriti O Waitangi (Māori version) principles
  • Demonstrated office organisational skills
  • Ability to proactively manage multiple tasks and deadlines for self and others
  • Very good oral and written communication skills, and the ability to communicate with a wide range of people and organisations
  • Flexibility, willingness to take on new tasks and contribute to other work in the office as needed
  • Knowledge of Xero
  • Knowledge of MS Outlook, Word, and Excel and Wild Apricot website platform
  • Knowledge of Survey Monkey, doodlepoll, and Mailchimp
  • Knowledge of web-based content management systems is desirable.
  • Experience at organising meetings/events

Terms and conditions

This is a part- time (40 hours per fortnight) 12 month fixed term position.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position description available here 

Further information and applications: Leah Bain

Closing date: Please send your application, including a full CV, no later than May 3rd 2021, 5 pm.

Advertise your vacancy for $92.00 (incl GST) and we will

  • advertise the vacancy on PHA's social media 
  • post your vacancy on the website until the application closing date

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  • 10 Dec 2019 1:50 PM | Anonymous

    Dr Nicole Coupe joins Dr Heather Came-Friar to become PHA's acting Co-Presidents

    At their first face-to-face council meeting recently PHA's new-look Executive Council developed interim leadership arrangements until the next AGM. Dr Nicole Coupe will join Dr Heather Came-Friar as acting co-Presidents. This decision reflects a commitment by the Council to engage with Te Tiriti o Waitangi at all levels of the organisation – from governance and staff to our membership. In the coming months we are planning a Tiriti audit, training opportunities and kōrero as we devise and envisage what a more Tiriti-focussed PHA might look like. More information will follow in the New Year.

    Dr Nicole Coupe is from Te Tai Tokerau with whakapapa to Kāi Tahu, Te Atiawa, Ngāti Toa, Rangitāne and Raukawa iwi. Nicole has developed innovative research techniques to support Māori suicide prevention. Her research findings have been implemented across a number of DHBs to support cultural assessment of people who present to emergency departments through pōwhiri-based processes and problem solving therapy. This work has contributed to her leadership and management roles in community and in the primary and secondary mental health sector. Nicole is CEO of Kirikiriroa Family Services Trust. She has a long association with the PHA as a member and is currently Treasurer of the PHA. Nicole is also a founding member of the PHA's Special Interest Group STIR: Stop Institutional Racism.

  • 08 Nov 2019 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    Canterbury District Health Board is looking for A Team Leader Community & Public Health

    - Full time permanent role based in our Greymouth Office.

    - Ideally you will have experience in leading teams in the Community & Public Health space.

    - Passion for Public Health, Excellent communication & relationship building skills.

    Our Purpose: Why we do it

    When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

    The Team: What we do 

    Our team are responsible for providing community & public health services across Canterbury and the West Coast. This role specifically is based in our Greymouth Office and working with our West Coast DHB team to enable well being and equity of outcomes for everyone on the West Coast. This role will be responsible for staff across the West Coast.  

    The Role: Where you fit it

    Your days will be filled with:

    • Leading our team of Health Promoters & Heath protection Officers and supporting them in their day to day activities.
    • Building and maintaining effective relationships with external organisation’s  
    • You will be supported by our leadership who will provide guidance and oversight for staff and projects.

    We are looking for someone with the following traits. 

    • Ability to manage diverse tasks & deliver in tight timeframes
    • High attention to detail and outstanding interpersonal skills
    • A knowledge and understanding of the West Coast community would be an advantage.

    Our Culture:What matters to us

    Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi

    Putting people at the heart of all we do 

     Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity. 

    Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story 

    Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

     The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.  

    If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.


    Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Simon Liddy 


    Closing date: 24 November 2019

  • 06 Nov 2019 2:47 PM | Anonymous

    Obituary for Dr Fran McGrath

    Iti rearea, teitei Kahikatea ka taea

    As the smallest bellbird can reach the highest kahikatea tree in the forest

    age does not limit our success

    We were saddened and shocked to learn yesterday of the sudden death of our new President Fran McGrath on Sunday. Fran had only just begun her term last week, and Wellington Branch were looking forward to celebrating with her at their AGM last night the success of the branch’s remit at the national AGM, to grant Fran a Lifetime Membership to the PHA.

    Fran was certainly worthy of such a remit. She had a long and distinguished career in our health sector. She completed a medical degree at Otago University in Dunedin, followed by volunteer positions in rural and low income communities, which lead her to specialise in public health at the University of Otago Wellington. The wide range of experiences in Fran’s career is worth noting; she worked across many areas of the New Zealand health sector as well as in developing countries, including Central America and Thailand and spent a year working in the Cook Islands. She served on several World Health Organization expert groups and represented New Zealand at a number of meetings of the World Health Assembly. After many years working at the Ministry of Health Fran had only recently retired as Chief Advisor in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. She also served as Deputy Director of Public Health and as senior health advisor to a number of Health Ministers over the years.

    In addition to these demanding paid roles, Fran never stopped contributing to the sector in a voluntary capacity. She was on the Oxfam NZ Board and also very involved in the NZ College of Public Health Medicine, where she served on the College’s Council and held the position of Chief Examiner for many years. At the time of her death, she was a current member of the College Policy Committee and was actively engaged in the College’s policy and advocacy work.

    Perhaps for us, though, Fran will be remembered as a stalwart of the Public Health Association, actively involved with us for thirty years. She served two terms as a member of our Executive Council and two terms as President. She worked with Council and the Māori Caucus to create the PHA’s first Māori governance roles. She was an active branch member of both Canterbury/West Coast branch when she resided there, and then Wellington branch. At this local level she stepped into leadership as treasurer, as conference convenor or as chair, whatever and whenever the branch called on her. As chair she led Wellington branch in establishing the first Post-Budget Breakfast, which has become an annual and popular feature of the public health calendar in Wellington, and led to a valuable stakeholder partnership between the PHA and the Child Poverty Action Group. It was for all these contributions and the way she advised and supported so many members personally, that we voted for Wellington Branch’s remit this year, to grant Fran her lifetime membership.

    We celebrate her commitment, loyalty and generosity of spirit to public health matters and to our organisation.

    We extend our condolences to Fran’s husband Edwin and family.

  • 06 Nov 2019 11:37 AM | Anonymous

    New Pou Kaiārahi role with Hui E!

    Nau mai, haere mai

    We are looking for a dynamic, self-motivated leader who is passionate about strengthening the collective voice of the sector and assist ing communities to work collectively to progress their aspirations and well-being.

    The Pou Kaiārahi is a key leadership role, they will bring leaders together and facilitate greater engagement within the sector, optimise the supporter’s network to identify and activate opportunities for development and enable and empower communities. They will influence key stakeholders (including government) and create opportunities to build sector capacity and capabilities.

    If you believe you have the leadership and management capabilities to lead Hui E! into the future, then we welcome your application.

    The full job description is available at:

    Applications close 10 November 2019.

    For further information please contact:

    Pania Coote,
    Hui E! Co-Chair

  • 30 Oct 2019 3:41 PM | Anonymous

    OraTaiao, the NZ Climate and Health Council, is calling for nominations for the Executive Board, including the co-convenor positions. They are particularly seeking nominations from Māori and Pasifika members in order to strengthen the organisation’s focus on Te Tiriti and health equity. More information about OraTaiao is available here.

    The positions open for election are:

    • Co-convenors (two, at least one of whom is Māori) 
    • Officers of the Executive Board (up to fourteen) 

    The nomination form is available here. Nominations close 5pm, Monday 11 November 2018 and must include a nominator, seconder and acceptance by the nominee. Further instructions are on the form.

    Please consider putting yourself forward to support this important kaupapa. If you have any questions or need assistance with nomination, please feel free to contact Rhys Jones (, Alex Macmillan ( or Richard Jaine (

    Ngā mihi nui.

  • 23 Oct 2019 1:17 PM | Anonymous
    Public Health Association of New Zealand

    Leadership strong in Public Health Advocacy Group

    Photo: Kaumatua Pita Pou, Lee Tuki, Hineira Hamiora and Francis Kewene

    The Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA) celebrates the leadership capital within its membership this week as it farewells outgoing President Lee Tuki and welcomes new President Dr Fran McGrath from 1 November 2019.

    Lee Tuki has served a two year term as President during a time when the PHA had a complete change of staff at national office level. She has been responsible for updating the organisation’s governance policies, introducing an annual te Tirit o Waitangi workshop for governance training and has been a champion of the PHA’s values.

    “Thank you PHA for the amazing ROLLERCOASTER ride, I will be forever grateful for those who have left and gave generously of their time.  Together we made a magnificent difference paving the way for an exciting future” Ms. Tuki said. “He iti hau marangai, e tū pāhokahoka – a little storm, but then a rainbow appears.  We leave a solid foundation for a completely new Executive to continue PHA’s collective vision of equity for all.”

    Dr Fran McGrath has previously served two terms as President of the PHA, and had other governance positions at national and branch level. She started her public health work as a GP, then as a volunteer in rural and low income communities, and has had a distinguished career in the health sector, including service to the World Health Organization on various expert groups and has represented New Zealand several times at the World Health Assembly.

    “The PHA has a particular contribution to make alongside our members, in being strongly evidence-based and working with other groups to achieve progress on key public health challenges” Dr McGrath said. “Internally we will focus, with our strength coming too from the large voluntary contribution of branches and caucuses.”

    The PHA also welcomes two newly elected Executive Council members, Fran Kewene and Hineira Hamiora, to represent the PHA’s Māori Caucus on Council.

    Francis Kewene was nominated by the PHA’s Otago Branch. Her whakapapa is to Waikato, Maniapoto and Britain. She works as a Hauora Māori Professional Practice Fellow in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago in Dunedin. Fran has worked in public health since 2000, first as a health promoter, then health protection officer before her current academic role.

    “With fresh eyes I come to this position along with my whānau and communities. I am open to opportunities that arise when you least expect them and am driven by kotahitanga through love and peace. Staying focused is about staying grounded to Papatūānuku, Tangaroa and atua katoa. Equity, social justice and human rights are about having positive relationships and making connections” said Fran of her new role.

    Hineira Hamiora was also nominated by the PHA’s Otago Branch, her whakapapa is to Tauranga and Katikati, she is one of the Kuia of the Marae in Te Rereatukahia. With over 30 years’ experience working in the health and education sectors, including governance experience as a board member on the Ngaitamawhariu Runanga Health and Social Services, managing their cultural portfolio. She is currently employed with Bay of Plenty DHB as the Te Pou Kokiri for its CAMHS programme.

    “He aha te mea nui o te Ao maku e ki He Tangata he Tangata he Tangata” Hineira said.

    PHA’s CEO Dr Stone said members could feel confident the organisation had continuity of strong leadership with Dr McGrath coming on as President.

    “The PHA is blessed with active, motivated members, many with governance experience, willing to step forward and volunteer their time. I have been very lucky starting in my role while Lee has been here as President and I look forward to the fresh eyes Fran will bring,” Dr Stone said.

    Māori members too, Dr Stone said, could feel certain their representation was strong on Council, with the election of Ms Kewene and Ms Hamiora.


    Media contact: Dr Prudence Stone  027 289 8987

  • 07 Oct 2019 2:13 PM | Anonymous

    Listen to our CEO Dr Prudence Stone being interviewed, along with education expert Maureen Corby, by Jay Dunsheath of Access Radio about Sustainable Development Goal 10 Reducing Inequalities on 29 September. The focus of the discussion was SDG 10 through the lens of children with disability in New Zealand.

    Remember to click on 29/09/2019 to hear the interview.

  • 17 Sep 2019 10:11 AM | Anonymous

    DHB Candidate Scorecards 2019 - Measuring up on public health

    DHB elections are taking place this year. The Public Health Association endorses candidates who understand and prioritise health equity and population health issues and have broad experience in both governance and the health sector.

    In order to identify candidates with an excellent track record and who understand the complexities of the health system three PHA branches, Otago-Southland, Canterbury and Wellington, with the support of national office, have produced DHB candidate scorecards based on responses to a survey sent to all DHB candidates.

    This initiative follows the very successful scorecards Wellington branch developed for the previous DHB election in 2016.

    The 2019 survey (sent via Survey Monkey) quizzed the candidates on their alignment with PHA public health values and policies as well as their health sector and governance experience. The responses were then collated and scored by a subcommittee within each branch with the candidates' responses receiving a score for each category (prevention focus, equity, pro-fluoridation and knowledge/experience) ranging from 1 (does not align) to 4 (strongly aligned).

    The final scores were then sent to a designer who created a professionally designed scorecard in a format for printing (an A4 triple-fold brochure) and a single-sided jpeg for sharing on social media. Names and photos of candidates were listed in alphabetical order to avoid ranking candidates, and their scores were represented as yellow emoji faces.

    Wellington Branch 

    The branch launched its scorecard at its Meet the CCDHB Candidates event (co-hosted with UCAN) on Wednesday 18 September at St John's Centre, Wellington.

    CCDHB candidates scorecard, pdf version

    CCDHB candidates scorecard, jpeg version for social media

    CCDHB candidates survey responses

    Canterbury-West Coast Branch

    The branch launched its scorecards at its AGM on 24 September. The branch also developed a scorecard for ECAN candidates based on their responses to another  survey.

    Canterbury DHB candidates scorecard, pdf version

    Canterbury DHB candidates scorecard, jpeg version for social media

    Canterbury DHB candidates survey responses

    ECAN candidates scorecard, pdf version

    ECAN candidates scorecard, jpeg version for social media

    ECAN candidates survey responses

    Otago-Southland Branch

    The branch launched its scorecards at its Meet the Southern DHB Candidates event on Friday 20 September at Dunedin Community House, 301 Moray Place, Dunedin.

    Southland Southern DHB candidates scorecard, pdf version

    Southland Southern DHB candidates scorecard, jpeg version for social media

    Southland Southern DHB candidates survey responses

    Otago Southern DHB candidates scorecard, pdf version

    Otago Southern DHB candidates scorecard, jpeg version for social media

    Otago Southern DHB candidates survey responses

  • 14 May 2019 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    Zero Carbon Bill is critical legislation for health, but targets are too little, too late

    Health professionals have offered a mixed response to today’s release of the Zero Carbon Bill.

    They applaud its purpose to prevent global warming of more than 1.5 degrees, but say aspects of the Bill lack the necessary urgency and accountability.

    “The Bill’s targets as they stand today would be too little, too late,” says Dr Rhys Jones, Coconvenor of OraTaiao: NZ Climate and Health Council.

    “The Zero Carbon Bill is too weak on agricultural emissions which comprise almost half of New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions. We need to see a move away from beef and dairy for both the sake of human and planetary health,” says Dr Jones.

    The Zero Carbon Bill sets a target of 10 per cent reduction in biological methane emissions by 2030, and aims for a provisional reduction ranging from 24 per cent to 47 per cent by 2050.

    “Our food production systems are threatening local ecosystems and contributing to climate change, while unhealthy diets are a significant contributor to major health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and cancers. But on the other hand, a rapid transition to a healthy plant-based food system could go a long way to addressing major health issues including obesity, heart disease and protecting our drinking water.”

    Dr Jones was speaking from the 2nd Sustainable Healthcare Forum in Wellington today where leaders from a range of sectors gathered to share ideas about reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the health sector. Forum participants have called on the Government to set greenhouse gas emission targets for District Health Boards.

    “Health professionals are extremely concerned about the impacts of climate change on the health of people and communities. At the same time, we are excited about the health opportunities that well-designed climate action can bring,” says Dr Jones.

    “A strong Zero Carbon Bill that emphasises fairness and upholds Te Tiriti o Waitangi is critical for a healthy future for New Zealanders.”


    Media Spokesperson: Dr Rhys Jones, 021 411 743

    Dr Rhys Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu) ( is a Public Health Physician and Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, and Co-convenor of OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council.

    OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate & Health Council is a health professional organisation urgently focusing on the health threats of climate change and the health opportunities of climate action. See:

    Notes to editors:

    About Climate Change and Health

    Information is available in the following paper from the 2014 NZ Medical Journal: ‘Health and equity impacts of climate change in Aotearoa-New Zealand, and health gains from climate action’.

    Health threats from climate changes include: worsening illness and injury from heat and other extreme weather, changing patterns of infection including food poisoning, loss of seafood and farming livelihoods, food price rises and mass migration from the Pacific. Those on low incomes, Māori, Pacific people, children and older people will be hit first and hardest, but nobody will be immune to the widespread health and social threats of unchecked climate change. Direct and indirect climate change impacts are already being seen here from warming oceans and sea level rise.

    Health opportunities from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, easing pressure on health budgets include: rapidly phasing out coal; switching from car trips to more walking, cycling and public transport; healthier diets lower in red meat and dairy; and energy efficient, warm homes will all cut emissions while also reducing the diseases that kill New Zealanders most and put our children in hospital – cancer, heart disease, lung diseases and car crash injuries.

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