New CE for PHA congratulated
HPF congratulates Dr Prudence Stone on her appointment as Chief Executive of the Public Health Association (PHA).
Dr Stone (Pictured left with Lee Tuki) who was previously the Executive Director of the Smokefree Coalition said public health was a key pillar of a functional, healthy society.
“There’s so much that can be achieved by taking a public health approach to issues. It is essential that the PHA is an effective watchdog and informant, so the right decisions get made,” said Dr Stone.
“There’s so much that can be achieved by taking a public health approach to issues. It is essential that the PHA is an effective watchdog and informant, so the right decisions get made.
“A lot of the time public health can be up against huge multinationals working in industries such as tobacco, sugar and alcohol. It’s crucial the PHA works to combat the persuasive influence big industry can have by ensuring we promote evidence-based policies. We must be constantly vigilant.”
Dr Stone added that one of her first priorities would be to get to know her
membership and their priorities.
HPF’s Executive Director, Sione Tu’itahi said: “Dr Stone will bring her experience in the public health sector to her leadership role and we look forward to working with her.”
PHA president Lee Tuki said public health needed to be put at the centre of all policy-making if we wanted people in New Zealand to be healthy.
“Dr Stone has the skills, knowledge and connections to get the public health voice clearly heard.
“Dr Stone is committed to making Aotearoa a better place to live for current and future generations of New Zealanders. She’s shown throughout her career that she is a great listener, is able to build consensus, and never gives up. She will be a relentless campaigner for public health in Aotearoa New Zealand.”