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Ministry of Health Update


mohlogoNgā Mihi Nui o te Kirihimete me Te Tau Hōu

As we prepare to farewell another year I’m struck by the huge volume of work that has been delivered on over this year by some amazingly skilled and knowledgeable people across the motu. From health promotion to clinical practice this continuum of care and service to both individual clients and to populations and groups of people is increasing in complexity and in volume. There are challenges to keeping up with client and target population expectations and increased access to technology may change the future of what and how we do what we do.

2014 has been a remarkable year with some remarkable achievements. These are too many to mention but some highlights include the National Sexual Health Conference in Waikato, the National HIV Forum and Update in Auckland, Positive Women’s presentation to select Committee on the Female Condom and the recent Hui Takatāpui ki Tainui.

It was an amazing sight to drive down an old rural road towards Te Papa o Rotu Marae in Whatawhata and to see the brightly coloured ‘Love Your Condom’ flags flying proudly. This is ground-breaking stuff. Other achievements include Positive Women and NZAF’s short video to challenge stigma and discrimination related to HIV (publicly screened at the free viewing of Pride at the Rialto in Newmarket) and the Village Collectives Talanoa series including the live provocative theatre performances and the publication of Clearing Pathways. These are examples of how we are slowly changing the landscape to be a more inclusive and open-minded country.

Looking Ahead to 2015

2015 will be even more exciting as we see traction created from increased collaboration, not just from within health but also across other government sectors, and with leadership from Jo Elvidge our Senior Advisor I believe our sector is in a much stronger position than ever before.

Professional Development Opportunities

Don’t forget to consider enrolling in the following:

Public Health Leadership Programme 2015

Applications for PHLP 2015 are open! If you would like marketing material please email kate@quigleyandwatts.co.nz or visit the Public Health Workforce Development website. There will be two programmes in 2015, one in Auckland and one in Wellington.

  • Programme 1 (Wellington): 11 – 12 August, 15 – 16 September, 3 – 4 November 2015
  • Programme 2 (Auckland): 18 – 19 August, 22 – 23 September, 10 – 11 November 2015

Participants should meet most of the selection criteria:

  • Currently in a leadership role
  • At least three to five years’ experience in public health in New Zealand
  • Commitment to core values of public health
  • A commitment to remain in public health
  • Regarded by others as a leader, e.g. asked to mentor others, history of being asked to take responsibility by community for central activities, takes the lead on a particular issue
  • Self-motivated with the passion and ability to make a significant difference in public health

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 17 March 2015.

Public Health Certificate

Hopefully you and your team have already enrolled in the Public Health Certificate. If you haven’t studied for a while it may be helpful to complete the short course available through the Health Promotion Forum first.

Best wishes to all, have a safe and happy break and we look forward to catching up in 2015.

Ngaire Sandel