Planning and Policy

The Taranaki DHB PHU Planning & Policy team seeks to work collaboratively with other agencies/departments (within and outside of the health sector) to influence decisions to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Taranaki.

Health and wellbeing is strongly influenced by the social determinants of health - the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. Some examples of the social determinants of health are ethnicity, income, education, housing, food security and access to health services. The social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between communities.

Within the Public Health Unit's Planning & Policy team, we work primarily in the following areas:

Health in All Policies (HiAP)
Defined as “an approach to public policies across sectors that systematically takes into account the health implications of decisions, seeks synergies, and avoids harmful health impacts, in order to improve population health and health equity.”

Health Equity
Creating a fairer society where everyone has the opportunity for good health and where our health care system meets the needs and aspirations of Māori. Eliminating health outcome differences which are “unnecessary and avoidable, but in addition are considered unfair and unjust” is a core theme of all our work. This includes the application of the Health Equity Assessment Tool.

Health Literacy Review
A focus on how health systems, health care providers and practitioners can support consumers to access and understand health services.

Live well, stay well, get well - reducing the impact of long term conditions
Using a population health strengths-based approach with a focus on childhood obesity

Wai Ora (Environmental Health)
Specifically supporting the population regarding water quality, healthy housing and our commitments to Parihaka as part of the Crown Relationship Agreement.

Health Promoting Schools
Supporting Taranaki schools (predominantly decile 1-4 and Years 1-8) in a school community-led development approach to improve health and wellbeing for learning.

Find us:

The Planning & Policy team can be found in the Public Health Unit on the second floor of the Barrett Building, Tukapa Street side of Base Hospital, New Plymouth.

For more information please contact us:

Phone 06 753 7799
Fax 06 753 7788


Last updated: Thursday, June 7, 2018

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