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Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa

Determinants 

Case Studies

Smokefree Coalition; victim of its own success

October 15, 2016

As the Smokefree Coalition prepared to wind down its operations – a victim of its own success – Hauora’s Jo Lawrence-King talked to its outgoing Execu...

Community

Home grown solutions

April 26, 2016

Health Promotion Forum’s Senior Health Promotion Strategist Dr Viliami Puloka presented his thoughts home grown solutions to the Pacific’s...

Case Studies

Te Kōpae Piripono: early childhood education based whanau intervention

March 27, 2016

Te Kōpae Piripono is a successful whānau intervention based in Taranaki.  Te Pou Tiringa and the National Centre for Lifecourse Research, University o...

Environment

Health Promotion: an effective approach to sustainable development

March 22, 2016

January 2016:  Senior Health Promotion Strategist Karen Hicks contributed this post to the WHO’s This Week in Global Health   Health Promot...

Experts

Prof John Raeburn: health promotion advocate

March 20, 2016

Health Promotion Forum was fortunate to get some time with Emeritus Professor John Raeburn recently, to ask him about his more than 40 years as a heal...

News

Charter: call to action on health and wellbeing in tertiary education

November 26, 2015

A new charter is a call to action on health and wellbeing at tertiary education centres around the world.  The Okanagan Charter was produced in Octobe...

Equality

Towards Health Equity – putting tools in the kete

October 13, 2015

In October 2015 HPF’s Deputy Executive Director Trevor Simpson and Senior Health Strategist, Dr Viliami Puloka together presented to a multi-sec...

News

Northland health promoter campaigns for smokefree cars

October 9, 2015

campaigns for smokefree cars     Northland Health Provider Te Hiku Hauora is leading a campaign to encourage Government to legislate against...

Case Studies

Health promotion is at the heart of Hapai te Hauora

October 7, 2015

  Zoe Aroha Martin-Hawke is National Manager – Te Ara Ha Ora: Māori Tobacco Control Leadership service at Hapai Te Hauora.  Jo Lawrence-King find...

Diet

Majority support for tax on sugary drinks

September 30, 2015

The majority of New Zealanders now support a tax on sugary drinks.  That is according to public health advisory group FIZZ (Fighting Sugar in Soft-dri...

Equality

Politics, Power and People

September 25, 2015

Following her attendance at the Equity at the Centre Conference in Alice Springs (4-5 September 2014), HPF Senior Health Promotion Strategist Karen Hi...

Equality

Equity at the Centre conference, Alice Springs, Sep 2014

September 25, 2015

Alice Springs, September 2014 In September HPF Senior Health Promotion Strategist Karen Hicks represented Aotearoa New Zealand at the Australian Healt...

Community

Health Promotion: Enlightenment, engagement and empowerment

September 13, 2015

Health Promotion: Enlightenment, engagement and empowerment View the powerpoint presentations from a workshop with Professor Sir Mason Durie on 17 Sep...

Equality

Indigenous health gap – social determinants key

July 29, 2015

A feature article on an Australian TV website has highlighted the issue of the indigenous health gap; an issue that echoes the situation of Māori here...

Economics

Inequalities come at great cost to society – Eurohealth

April 22, 2015

“Inequalities in health exist both within and between countries.  They are both unnecessary and unjust.  They also create a great cost to societ...

Equality

Robust paper demonstrates link between inequity and population health

April 22, 2015

A paper published this year in Social Science & Medicine Journal has concluded that income inequality does indeed have a negative effect on popula...

Case Studies

Plunket initiative to meet needs of Asian Mums

February 24, 2015

Plunket’s Asian strategy is expected to be implemented in July 2015.  The strategy addresses all  levels of the organisation, including the staff, vol...

Policy

Scottish politicians seek multi-agency approach

January 14, 2015

Scottish MPs (MSPs) have called for a multi-agency approach to tackle inequalities.  This follows the publication of the Report on Health Inequalities...

Case Studies

ActiveAsian

January 13, 2015

ActiveAsian aims to improve access to physical activity information and opportunities for Chinese children and their parents on Auckland’s North Shore...

Case Studies

Chinese Positive Ageing Charitable Trust

January 13, 2015

John Wong, the Chair of Chinese Positive Ageing Charitable Trust (CPA), talked to the Eldernet Gazette in July 2014 about what ageing in New Zealand m...

Case Studies

Smokefree Communities

January 13, 2015

Smokefree Communities aims to provide support to families, Asian people and their families and pregnant women and their families to quit smoking and l...

Maori

Working with communities to participate in the submission process

January 12, 2015

This guide helps communities have a voice in the submission process. Produced by Regional Public Health, it gives advice and tips for health promoters...

Global

Declaration of Alma-Ata

December 30, 2014

The Alma-Ata Declaration is considered by many to be the founding framework for health promotion internationally.  It came from an International Confe...

Equality

Improving Access to Primary Care for Māori and Pacific Peoples

December 30, 2014

This literature review, commissioned by the former Health Funding Authority in December 2000, examined the most relevant literature on strategies that...

Global

‘Now more than ever’ – WHO 2008

December 30, 2014

World Health Report 2008 – Primary Health Care – Now More than Ever “Globalization is putting the social cohesion of many countries ...

Family and child

1000 days to get it right

December 30, 2014

The first 1000 days of a child’s life are critical to their long term development. One thousand days is also approximately the duration of one term of...

Equality

“Inequalities stymie health gains for Polynesians”

December 15, 2014

  “Making inroads into the elimination of child poverty may just be the remedy we all need for the ever increasing costs to the health system. Ke...

Equality

Inequalities stymie health gains for Polynesians – Manawatu Standard

December 15, 2014

  “Making inroads into the elimination of child poverty may just be the remedy we all need for the ever increasing costs to the health system. Ke...

Economics

2014 Child Poverty Monitor shows bold action needed

December 8, 2014

The 2014 Child Poverty Monitor released this month shows that reducing child poverty will require bold and sustained commitment from government. Child...

Case Studies

Chinese Women’s Wellness Community Group

December 8, 2014

A pilot sexual health training programme for Asian youth workers in 2012 provided invaluable insight into the best ways to reach Chinese youth with im...

Equality

Equity at the Centre – highlights

November 23, 2014

Following her attendance at the Equity at the Centre Conference in Alice Springs (4-5 September 2014), HPF Senior Health Promotion Strategist Karen Hi...

Economics

Health professionals urge review of TPP

October 28, 2014

Health professionals are calling for a comprehensive health impact assessment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement to protect the health o...

News

‘Prescription for a Healthier NZ” – NZCPHM

October 13, 2014

A briefing by the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZPCHM) for the incoming Health Minister focuses his attention on seven key issues: h...

Economics

The economics of social justice

September 25, 2014

In the report from the Equity at the Centre Congress in Alice Springs (4-5 September 2014), HPF Senior Health Promotion Strategist Karen Hicks Martin ...

News

NZ political parties state their position on institutional racism

September 13, 2014

All but one of all the political parties of New Zealand have responded to last month’s invitation, by the Institutional Racism Special Interest Group ...

Maori

“Mauri ora!” Strong endorsement of population health from Tariana Turia

July 15, 2014

Outgoing co-leader of the Maori Party, the Honourable Tariana Turia, signalled her support for public health and health promotion this week.  In a hea...

Policy

HP capacity building should reflect inherent HP values and principles – new paper

July 13, 2014

A new occasional paper published this week argues that, in building the capacity of the HP workforce, models of good practice in education and trainin...

Global

Call for national governments to address determinants of health

May 1, 2014

An in-depth paper published in The Lancet this February urges policy makers to recognise and address global political determinants of health inequity....

Pacific

South West Pacific health promotion development planned

April 30, 2014

South West Pacific health promotion leaders have undertaken in March to develop a work plan that includes research, New Zealand representation at glob...

Global

WHO policy guidance

April 30, 2014

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published five new policy guides for addressing health inequity.  The guides have been produced by New Zealand...

Community

Chatham Islands provide excellent health promotion model

April 2, 2014

  In a recent Health and Social Needs report prepared by Litmus Ltd for the Ministry of Health the Chatham Island community was described as havi...

Economics

Ministry of Health renews its commitment to health promotion

March 18, 2014

    In a consultation draft published this month, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has renewed its commitment to health promotion as one of five...

News

Ministry of Health renews its commitment to health promotion

March 18, 2014

In a consultation draft published in 2013, the Ministry of Health (MoH) renewed its commitment to health promotion as one of five core functions for p...

Equality

Worsened poverty figures prompt call for revised social security scheme

March 4, 2014

Child Poverty Action Group’s Associate Professor Susan St John has decried the Working for Families scheme and called for the correction of “the moral...

Equality

Worsened poverty figures prompt call for revised social security scheme

March 4, 2014

Child Poverty Action Group’s Associate Professor Susan St John has decried the Working for Families scheme and called for the correction of “the moral...

Diet

Healthy Families NZ just might work

February 11, 2014

  In an article in Public Health Monitor on 7 February, Prof Boyd Swinburn* took a look at the Australian initiative that has informed the Govern...

Global

HPF making its mark on world health agendas

December 18, 2013

  HPF – and New Zealand – is making a significant contribution to world health agendas.  Its most recent input was to the scientific ...

Equality

Reducing Inequality: A Strategy for a Cause

December 14, 2013

  Bruce Jesson Lecture 2013 “Assertive, if not aggressive approach” called for by the Right Hon Sir Edmund Thomas   Retired Court Appe...

Global

Think and act on all levels: Sione Tu’itahi

December 13, 2013

  Health Promotion Forum (HPF) Executive Director Sione Tu’itahi is calling on health promoters at all levels to join forces and make a differenc...

Equality

Call for action on Pacific Child Poverty – Dec 2013

December 12, 2013

Pacific health researchers called for a greater focus and action around Pacific children in their early years to break the cycle of poverty before thi...

Equality

Monitor reveals a quarter of NZ children live in poverty

December 10, 2013

The release, on Monday 9 December, of the first annual monitor of child poverty shows that one in four children* in Aotearoa New Zealand live in incom...

Economics

Strong economic case for health promotion

December 4, 2013

  A new policy summary, issued by the WHO (World Health Organisation) on 4 November, reveals substantial evidence to support the economic case fo...

Community

Tony Ryall considers funding community Health Promotion

December 2, 2013

  An article published in the 20 November edition of NZ Doctor suggests the Government may be considering funding a community based health promot...

Community

Unlawful Uruwera raids as a health promotion issue

November 17, 2013

  Why are the raids of Ruātoki in Uruwera a health promotion issue? What can our profession do to help all those involved, as well as prevent suc...

Global

WHO review “answers policy makers’ demands for practical guidance”

November 1, 2013

30 October 2013: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a review, which  “answers policy-makers’ demands for practical guidance on social po...

Equality

Make inequality relevant to the broader public – article in The Press

October 31, 2013

  An article published in Christchurch’s The Press newspaper proposes the way we engage the broader public in the inequality debate is to make th...

Economics

New research in UK makes strong case for reduction in health inequalities

October 29, 2013

  Papers published this month in England, Wales and Scotland further support the case for a reduction in health inequalities. An article publishe...

Maori

Maori public health leaders agree three areas for action

October 15, 2013

  Three key project areas were agreed at a recent hui taumata (summit) of Māori Public Health Leaders at Te Ohāki Marae in Huntly. The three agre...

Policy

Health Promotion Infrastructure

September 13, 2013

Health Promotion Infrastructure is the newest Thinkpiece in our Occasional Paper series Commissioned by HPF and written by Paul Stephenson see it here...

Equality

Inquiry into the determinants of wellbeing for tamariki Māori

June 18, 2013

    Inquiry into the determinants of wellbeing for tamariki Māori.   A report, issued in December 2013 by the Māori Affairs Committee, ...

Economics

Savings from prevention

April 13, 2013

“The Health Promotion Forum originally asked us to develop a full cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of measures to prevent smoking and obesity in youn...

Community

He Mara Kai (the food garden)

September 13, 2011

He Mara Kai (the food garden) is an initiative focusing on good nutrition and physical activity by supporting Kohanga Reo (Māori speaking early childh...

Family and child

Strategies & Reports from the Ministry of Health

October 31, 2010

Publications The Ministry of Health has an extensive collection of publications about child health in New Zealand These include the 1998 Child HealthS...

Family and child

Ministry of Social Development

October 31, 2010

Children and Young People: Indicators of Wellbeing in New Zealand 2008 This the second indicator report published by MSD highlighting indicators of so...

Global

Statements from global conferences

October 26, 2010

Milestones in Health Promotion. Published by World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2009, this is a collection of global statements in one booklet. Or you...

Equality

Marmot Review 2010 – Fair Society, Healthy Lives

October 26, 2010

The central tenet of this English review is that avoidable health inequalities are unfair and putting them right is a matter of social justice.  “…hea...

Equality

New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) health equity position statement

October 25, 2010

“This position statement uses the term equity in preference to equality because it better recognises that people differ in their capacity for he...

Equality

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

October 25, 2010

Te Tiriti o Waitangi has been identified as the founding document of Aotearoa and the key to health promotion in this country.

Maori

General comment on indigenous children and their rights under the Convention

January 13, 2009

On Friday 30 January 2009 the Committee adopted the General Comment on Indigenous Child Rights. This Comment urges State Parties to adopt a rights-bas...

Equality

Equity

November 30, 1999

Indigenous health gap – social determinants key A feature article on an Australian TV website has highlighted the issue of the indigenous health...

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