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There are many ways you can become involved and contribute to the work the PHA does. One of the best ways, of course, is to join us. New members must agree with the PHA’s aims and values.

Memberships are individual and costs are kept low and tailored to income. However, if you choose not to become a member you are still welcome to contribute to our various activities such as special interest groups and policy committees. You can find out more about these below.

Activities you could be involved in

The PHA is always busy influencing public policy through the submission process; reviewing its own policy statements; or working on individual issues via special interest groups.

These could be great ways for you to get involved and become more connected with others.

Special interest groups

Special interest groups (SIGs) are national groups organised by PHA members to focus on a particular public health issue.

We have two actively working at the moment, one on Gambling Harm Minimisation and the other on Institutional Racism.

We also have a SIG in development on Public Health Nursing.

If you are interested in getting involved or joining one of these groups please call the National Office (04 4723060) or email

Or you may be interested in forming your own special interest group. If so, please get in touch. We can help you to start a group or put you in touch with other like-minded members.


The PHA keeps a detailed list of all the public health related submission opportunities happening in coming months and we make submissions on those we deem most important.

Please get in touch with us at if you are interested in making a submission on an issue that is important to you or if you need some support or advice on how to go about it. We are keen to help you.

Policy development

The PHA regularly produces new policy statements or reviews existing ones to ensure they are current and informed by the latest evidence-based research. If you would like to contribute to our policy development contact

View our current and past policy statements.

Policy statements in development for 2019

We are planning what policy statements we will develop for membership ratification in 2019. Possibilities include: Alcohol; International Taxation and Health; Gun Control; and Climate Change and Health. Four policy statements are up for their 3 yearly review: Sustainable Development Goals; Sunbeds; Inequality and Health; and Smokefree Aotearoa 2025. Our policy statements on Institutional Racism; Transport and Health and Trade and Health are also undergoing review at the moment.

If you are interested in any of these areas and would like to contribute to developing or reviewing these policy statements please get in touch with Libby by emailing

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