Public Health Partnership

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all now well aware of the vital role that public health plays in preventing and managing communicable disease outbreaks. However, public health work extends far and wide beyond health protection, with a wide focus on improving people’s health at community and population levels. This includes the difficult, yet fascinating work of tackling ‘wicked problems’ (such as inequity, poverty and climate change). As such, public health is the only part of the health system solely concentrating on keeping people well and out of hospital.

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

The Partnership’s vision is: ‘A connected and equitable South Island health and social system that supports all people to be well and healthy.’

The Partnership’s workplan is of course subject to the demands on members to concentrate their resources on the immediate pandemic response. The workplan for 2021/2022 (which will be reviewed as capacity allows) has a strong focus on equity, environmental sustainability and the promotion of healthy environments.




  • The First 1000 Days: A South Island Report
    21 Sep 2021

    The First 1000 Days Report was published in September 2018 and developed by Community and Public Health (Canterbury DHB) with the South Island Public Health Partnership as part of the Partnership’s contribution to the Hauora Alliance*. The report includes a handy summary document, comprehensive report and appendices (links below). The report sets out to provide […]

  • Improving Health Through Transport Planning
    27 Aug 2018

      News 27 Aug 2018 UK public health specialist Lucy Saunders presents on the Healthy Streets initiative in Christchurch earlier this month. Making streets more inviting and public transport more accessible is part of an approach that could be adopted across the South Island to improve health and social connection. UK public health specialist Lucy […]

  • Creating Healthier Streets A Special Christchurch Event
    31 Jul 2018

    News 31 Jul 2018 Lucy Saunders The South Island Alliance is pleased to be supporting public health specialist Lucy Saunders’ upcoming visit to Christchurch. Lucy is a prominent public health consultant visiting from London, where she currently leads on the integration of transport and public health, supporting Transport for London, boroughs and advocacy organisations. Lucy […]