NZ Population Health Congress media release, 8 October
The thee organisations co-hosting the first ever NZ Population
Health Congress, which concludes today in Auckland, have
declared their commitment to work more closely together to address
key issues in population health.
The declaration by the Health Promotion Forum, the New Zealand
College of Public Health Medicine and the Public Health Association
identifies three priorities for action:
- Giving children of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific nations
the best start in life
- Improving health and reducing health inequities
- Urgently addressing climate change and planetary health.
Congress Governance Group Chair Dr Caroline McElnay said the
declared commitment was important because the issues affecting the
health of both our people and our planet are complex.
"It is beyond the ability of any one organisation, discipline or
sector on its own to understand and respond to these complex
issues. Renowned New Zealand Maori leader and academic Sir Mason
Durie reminded us at the opening of our Congress that we need to
work together, across sectors and communities, taking on board
cultural advice, if we want to make difference', she said. "And
that is what the declaration commits us to doing."
She said all three organisations agree about the hugeimportance of
addressing the drivers that lead to differences in health between
Māori and Pacific peoples and other New Zealanders.
"Everyone wants happy, healthy, well-housed and well-educated
children, nieces and nephews. But some families face greater
challenges than others to have those things," Dr McElnay says.
"Addressing and reducing those inequities deserves our
The Congress has been jointly organised by the Health Promotion
Forum, the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine and the
Public Health Association. The full declaration will be posted
soon on the Congress website.