Public health advice / Population Health
|Waikato DHB is responsible for health protection, including regulating retail settings and preventing and monitoring infectious disease.
Included in the service are three public health medicine specialists.
These are statutory positions, and part of their role is the issuing of public health notifications such as algae blooms, sewage spills, outbreak of contagious disease etc.
Population Health works in three principle areas
|Population Health is part of Health Waikato, Waikato DHB's provider arm of hospital and health services.
To best use scarce resources across the region Population Health invests significant time in service planning, which includes working in three principle areas:
- Health promotion,
- Health protection, and
- Population-based screening programmes
To achieve improved health status, quality of life and a reduction in health inequalities for the people living in the Waikato DHB region, Population Health developed a planning resource - Future Focus.
Future Focus was developed with the intention of:
- informing future service delivery
- enabling across-the-sector alignment of activity
- standing as the basis for Population Health and contract planning, and
- remaining as a living document, with emerging strategies, research and impacts incorporated within its findings as needed.
Comments on this document can be addressed to: PopHealthInfrastructureTeam@waikatodhb.health.nz
Waikato DHB's position statements on public health issues
Waikato DHB developed a set of position statements on identified public health issues. The purpose of these position statements is to provide high level documents representing the Waikato DHB's position as an organisation on these issues.
The position statements clarify for Waikato DHB staff the position that the organisation takes on certain public health issues.
Fluoride in water
Water fluoridation is supported by international, national and
local health organisations. There is extensive scientific study to
support its safety.
More information about fluoride in water.