The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health promotion as ‘the process of enabling individuals and communities to increase control over the determinants of health and thereby improve their health’.
Principles of health promotion:
| Health Promotion is the process of enabling individuals and communities to increase control over the factors that influence their health and quality of life.
An important characteristic of health promotion is its focus on groups of people, either the whole population or specific subgroups. It places emphasis on changing environments to enable behaviour to change.
Health promotion draws upon principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, social justice, equity, community and development.
Our team of health promoters are involved in planning, implementing and evaluating health promotion projects through five priority action areas including:
The northern health promotion team work from Hamilton, Thames, Huntly and Waihi bases. The southern health promotion team work from Te Kuiti, Tokoroa and Taumarunui bases.
- building healthy public policy
- creating supportive environments for health
- strengthening community action for health
- developing personal skills, and
- re-orienting health services
The Health Protection Unit includes a team of health promoters based in Thames, Waihi, Huntly, Hamilton, Te Kuiti, Taumarunui and Tokoroa, who promote healthy living in different Waikato communities.
Contact details for each base are as follows:
Private Bag 1002
Phone (07) 895 7931
Fax (07) 896 0037
Phone (07) 886 7239
Fax (07) 886 5235
Te Kuiti Hospital
PO Box 2, Te Kuiti
Phone (07) 878 6704
Fax (07) 878 6398
37 Williams Street
PO Box 77, Huntly
Phone (07) 828 6532
Fax (07) 828 6482
PO Box 707, Thames
Phone (07) 868 6550
Fax (07) 868 6598
Hugh Monckton Trust Building
PO Box 505, Hamilton
Phone (07) 838 2569
Fax (07) 838 2382
25 Haszard Stree
PO Box 81, Waihi
Phone (07) 863 6721
Fax (07) 863 6071
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