Changes to National Office and Executive Council.

02 Oct 2018 4:26 PM | Anonymous
There are significant changes happening in both national office and the Executive Council on 11 October 2018.

At our Annual General Meeting (AGM) we will farewell our Chief Executive Warren Lindberg and we will also be saying goodbye to a key staff member, Leona Head.

The Executive Council wants to assure you that during this transition phase we have made arrangements to ensure as much as possible that it's business as usual. We are committed to supporting the remaining national office staff at this time. With this in mind, please be considerate in your requests and interactions with national office.

Important dates to look out for or share with those interested in this position and working in Wellington:
10 October, advertising opens for the Chief Executive position.

  • We have engaged LEAD to manage the recruitment
  • From the 10th of October please direct all inquiries regarding this to
  • The position will also be advertised in the usual places

Applications close 24 October
The recruitment will then undergo the usual processes. We will keep you posted and let you know when we have found a successful applicant. We expect the new CE to then start recruiting for the vacancies in National Office to rebuild the team to full capacity in alignment with our strategic direction. Exciting times ahead!


The Executive Council recently held elections and the results will be announced at the AGM. We hope to see you at there to join us in thanking Warren for his huge contribution to the PHA.
If you have any questions or concerns during this transitional phase, please don’t hesitate to contact me in the first instance, either by email or phone.

Click to see the latest 2018-2020 Strategic Direction.

Ngā mihi
nā Lee Tutuki Te Wharau
President Public Health Association of New Zealand
+64 21 056 4997
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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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