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The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) was established as an incorporated society in 2008 to represent the medical specialty of public health medicine in New Zealand.

We are responsible for the provision of specialist public health training for doctors who have completed their medical degree and for the ongoing professional development of our Fellows.

Public health medicine is the branch of medicine concerned with the assessment of population health and healthcare needs, the development of policy and strategy, health promotion, the control and prevention of disease and the organisation of health services.

We promote early upstream action on potential sources of harm to the health of New Zealand's population, and the building of strong and stable foundations to ensure better and more equitable health for all.

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine unequivocally supports vaccination against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in New Zealand are safe and effective. The benefits to individuals and the community far outweigh any risks during this global pandemic of COVID-19.

The College therefore strongly advises the public to get vaccinated as per government recommendations. Members of the public are advised to seek advice from reputable sources, such as the COVID-19 website, the Ministry of Health or their doctor.


Guardians of the nation’s health & well-being

Find out more about the College and its history

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Health for Everyone | Ō Tātou Hauora

For the 2023 Health for Everyone | Ō Tātou Hauora infographic, click here.

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Advancing public health medicine: education & professional development

Find out more about our training and continuing professional development programme.

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Improving Maori Health

Improving Māori health


The NZCPHM recognises that compelling health inequities exist in New Zealand between Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders. These inequities are large, pervasive, and persist across the lifespan and over time.  This is described in our Māori Health Policy, and our Health Equity Policy.

We are committed to a vision of a just and fair society where Māori and non-Māori have equitable health outcomes.

Our vision is embedded in our He Rautaki Māori - Maori Strategy and Action Plan, 2021 - 2025.



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