PUBLIC HEALTH

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS

Burial and Cremation

The Health Protection Officers provide advice in regard to various activities associated with burial and cremation. The following are some of the key activities:
    • Providing input for establishing new crematoria,
    • Advising on the international transportation (repatriation) of bodies between countries,
    • Providing advice to applicants around the statutory obligations relating to the disinterment process,
    • Supervising the procedure to ensure that public health is protected.
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If you need further information please contact us on 09-4304100 and ask for the On-Call Health Protection Officer.


Civil Defence Emergency Management

Medical Officers of Health and Health Protection Officers have specific powers in an emergency to help prevent the spread of an
infectious disease and are trained in CIMS (coordinated incident management system). CIMS is an internationally used structure to systematically manage emergency incidents that allows multiple agencies to work together in emergencies. The public health unit (PHU) may be a lead or a support agency in an emergency working alongside the District Health Board, emergency providers such as Fire Service, ambulance and Police, Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups or a government agency or Ministry.

The PHU has legislative and contractual obligations to the Ministry of Health and Northland District Health Board to provide public health services during all phases of an incident or emergency.

Civil defence and emergency management practice is based on the 4R’s namely, Reduction, Readiness, Response and Recovery. In the reduction and readiness phase the PHU maintains up to date epidemiological surveillance data and develops and maintains plans specific to public health emergencies. During the response phase the PHU will respond to emergencies involving risk to public health, contribute to epidemiological surveillance and communicate with the relevant emergency operation centres (EOC). The PHU coordinates public health initiatives during the recovery phase.


Early Childhood Centres

We inspect Early Childhood Centres for compliance with the Early Childhood Regulations (2008) in respect to licensing requirements with the Ministry of Education. Early childhood centre environments may present health risks to children, staff and other people who spend time at the centre. This in turn creates a risk to public health.

Our staff has a limited regulatory role and regularly assesses Early Childhood Centres (ECC) under the Education Early Childhood Centres Regulations (2008). The inspection covers a range of factors including: drinking water, sewage disposal, food safety and nutrition, sanitary facilities, sleeping areas, communicable disease control, heating, lighting, ventilation and noise and general safety and hygiene. Public health services will be undertaking assessments of early childhood centres from two aspects: compliance with legislative requirements; and assessment of health risk.

We have a representation on the “Celebrating Northland’s Tamariki” conference committee.  This conference is held biannually for all staff and personnel involved in providing early childhood education services in Northland.

For further information please contact the Coordinator for Early Childhood Centres on 09-430 4100 Extn 7930.


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