Planning and Policy

The Taranaki Public Health Unit 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 Planning & Policy team we work across a range of areas with the emphasis on:

Health Equity in All Policies (HEiAP)
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.


Last updated: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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