Public health is about population groups, rather than the treatment of individuals, and looks beyond health care services to the aspects of society, environment, culture, economy and community that shape the health status of populations. Good public health creates conditions and environments that enable people to contribute and participate, and require the input of agencies beyond the health sector.
Pasifika peoples continue to have poorer health status than the general New Zealand population, with lower life expectancy and higher rates of mortality and hospitalisations for conditions that could have been avoided, given timely access to effective healthcare.
We’ve helped to successfully deliver Taeao o Tautai: the Pacific Public Health Workforce Development Implementation Plan, which contributes to Te Uru Kahikatea: The Public Health Workforce Development Plan 2007-2016 and focuses on "strengthening the Pacific public health workforce and the capability of the non-Pacific workforce to improve Pacific health and reduce inequalities.”
We're looking beyond healthcare services to improve the conditions in which we live, learn, work and age, and partner with communities to enable Pasifika families to have more control to improve their health and wellbeing.