This page leads you to a little bit of detail about some leading public health issues and why we think they are important.
We will provide links to more information – either produced by the PHA or by somebody else.
We also provide some links to other important documents and/or organisations.
Alcohol imposes a heavy burden on the health system.The United Nations affirmed alcohol as one of the four major risk factors in the four major noncommunicable diseases: cardiovascular disease; diabetes; cancer and chronic respiratory disease. More
The PHA is concerned that all children in New Zealand have the very best start in life. Children matter because they are human and deserve full human rights. More
The World Health Organization has described climate change as the defining issue for public health for the 21st century. More
The PHA supports community water fluoridation as an effective, ethical public health measure which protects and promotes oral health, and reduces inequalities in New Zealand. More
Food and nutrition
A balanced diet is essential for good health. Poor nutrition is a major source of ill health and death, and a cause of health inequalities. More
Poor quality housing is a public health issue for New Zealand. More
Social and economic factors have a fundamental impact on health. More
Institutional racism is defined as an entrenched pattern of differences in access to resources and power determined by race, which advantages one sub-population while disadvantaging another. MoreMāori wellbeing
There is a global trend of decreasing levels of individual physical activity. More
Ultraviolet Radiation & Sunbeds
New Zealand has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world. Melanoma is the fourth most commonly registered cancer here, the most commonly registered cancer in men and the second most commonly registered cancer in women in the age group 25-44 years. MoreTobacco control
Tobacco smoking is a significant cause of death and suffering for thousands of New Zealanders each year. More
Trade is a health issue. The PHA supports a fair regime of trade/investment law that: More
Public health documents
Some of our partner organisations