Public Health Partnership

Public health is unique as it is the only part of the health system completely focused on keeping people well and out of hospital. Public health is about improving health and quality of life among whole populations through activities including health promotion, disease prevention and other forms of health intervention. The work of public health varies significantly, ranging from monitoring drinking water to working with schools to strengthen their capacity to be a healthy setting for living, learning and working.”

The South Island Public Health Partnership brings together those working on public health to share ideas and take a combined approach to public health issues.

The Partnership has been successful in developing a joint alcohol position statement, focused on ways of reducing alcohol-related harm in our communities, as well as providing support for a range of public health initiatives that are going on in the South Island.

Work is currently underway to review the Partnership’s workplan and priorities to ensure the Partnership is working in a way that can best benefit our communities. We’ll update this page once that process is complete.

SI Public Health Workstream Terms of Reference

SI Public Health Workstream Charter

 

Smokefree/Auahi Kore Position Statement

In 2013, all five South Island DHBs agreed to a single Smokefree position statement.  Developed collaboratively by the South Island Public Health Partnership, the position statement represents DHBs working together to support the South Island to be a place where Smokefree lifestyles are the norm and harm from and exposure to tobacco smoke is minimised.    It collectively reiterates support for the Government’s goal of achieving a Smokefree Aotearoa New Zealand by 2025, and aims to reduce the tobacco-related harm by actively focussing on these outcomes:

  • Protect children from exposure to tobacco
  • Reduce the demand for and supply of tobacco, and
  • Increase successful quitting

 

      Click here to read the Position Statement.

 

 

Alcohol Position Statement

In 2012, all five South Island DHBs agreed to a single position statement to address alcohol-related harm.  This, along with an evidence-based background paper, were developed collaboratively by the South Island Public Health Partnership. 

The position statement acknowledges the wide range of alcohol-related harm that is experienced by people in the South Island and that the burden of this harm is carried disproportionately by some population groups.  It recognises that alcohol use is a major risk factor for numerous health conditions, injuries and social problems.  Additionally, alcohol-related harm costs the health sector significant money, time and resources. 

 

The position statement articulates each DHB's commitment to:

  • developing an Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy
  • identifying and recording alcohol-related harm in a consistent way, and
  • supporting local authorities to develop sound alcohol policies 

 

Click here to read the Position Statement or here to read the evidence-based background paper on alcohol harm

 

 

Rheumatic Fever Prevention and Management Plan

The Minister of Health has recently approved the South Island Rheumatic Fever Prevention and Management Plan. This plan will be implemented by all South Island DHBs and has a funding package to provide free antibiotic prophylaxis and care for all Rheumatic Fever patients.  

 

Member of the South Island Public Health Partnership and Canterbury Medical Officer of Health, Dr Ramon Pink emphasised the importance of regular health care checks and prophylactic antibiotics for those with Rheumatic Fever, as well as preventing its spread. “It is enormously important to ensure those most disadvantaged in our community are not going to suffer further complications and health disparities related to this disease, because they can’t afford the on-going costs of preventative care.  The South Island’s commitment to free care for the duration of risk, usually for up to ten years, is a step in the right direction. We only have a small number of patients in this region and we want to make sure we hold numbers at that level.”

 

To view the plan, click here.

 

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