Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Public health advisory committee EOI opens

Expressions of interest have opened for a new Public Health Advisory Committee of up to seven members tasked with tackling existing and future health issues affecting New Zealanders.

“COVID-19 has highlighted that making evidence based health decisions is good for the country’s wellbeing and economy,” says Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

“The health and disability reforms provide an opportunity to do things in a way that improves the outcomes for the communities typically under-served by the health system, including Māori and Pacifica peoples and those in the disability community.”

The committee will provide public-facing, independent, science-based advice to Ministers on long-term challenges that impact on the health of New Zealanders.

“It will consider the factors underlying the health of people and communities and prioritise equity-based approaches.”

“We know there is strong public health expertise in communities and academia. This will strengthen their connection with government,” Dr Bloomfield said.

Kia tono mai! Expressions of Interest close on 6 May.

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