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Public Health works to improve the health of communities and to reduce inequalities in health status. The focus is around the social and physical environments in which we live as well as on programmes to develop more healthy activities.

Public Health has been defined as:
“The science and art of promoting health, preventing disease and prolonging life through organised efforts of society”.

MidCentral Health’s public health services provide services to improve the health of communities in the Manawatu, Tararua and Horowhenua. Its Health Protection Services are also delivered in Wanganui, Rangitikei and Southern Ruapehu Districts.



Public health services are mainly population based health promotion and health protection activities concerned with groups or populations (eg children, elderly, parents, cyclists and consumer) rather than individuals.  However some work is clinical or assisting with individual’s health issues.

 

What does the Public Health Service do?

  • Promote health by supporting community action, healthy environments, healthy public policy and the development of individuals skills.  This enables people to make personal choices about their health and well-being.
  • Monitor and enforce legislation to promote and protect healthy environments.
  • Undertake Health Surveillance and Communicable Disease control.
  • Work with communities, individuals, local government, schools and other agencies to provide health advice and information.
  • Work to strengthen partnerships with Māori and to provide culurally appropriate services.

Who is the Public Health Service?

Community Health Workers, Health Promotion Advisors, Health Protection Officers, Maori Health Advisor, Medical Officers of Health, Medical Officers, Public Health Nurses, Specialist Nurses, Vision and Hearing Technicians, Quit Smoking Coaches, Sexual Health Clinicians, Register Management and Support personnel make up the Public Health Services' staff.

 

Where is the Public Health Service?



Services are delivered from a number of geographical and physical locations.  These are detailed under that specific activity but a number of our staff are based at the Public Health Unit, in Rata House in the Community Health Village at Palmerston North Hospital.
 
 

Wanganui Office

The Public Health Service has a Wanganui office which handles public health regulatory issues like Food Safety, Environmental Health and Liquor Licensing in the Wanganui region.  it is located in the Public Health Centre on the 2nd floor of the Lambie Hostel, Wanganui Hospital. 


 
 

 

 

 

Contact us

MidCentral Health
Phone:  (06) 350 9110  
Fax:  (06) 350 9110
Office Hours: 8.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
 
In Emergencies call (06) 350 9110 and the on-call Health Protection Officer will be paged.
 
Wanganui Region Public Health
Phone:  (06) 348 1775
Fax:  (06) 348 1783
Office Hours: 8.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
 
In Emergencies call (06) 348 1234 and the on-call Health Protection Officer will be paged.

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