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The Health Protection Officers provide advice in regard to various activities associated with burial and cremation. The following are some of the key activities:
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On-Call Health Protection Officer Ph: 09-4304100
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 allow 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.
The role of the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Enforcement Officer (HSNO EO) Ngā Tai Ora - Public Health Northland is to provide advice about hazardous substances outside the workplace, and undertake compliance and enforcement around the use of Vertebrate Toxic Agents.
The principal areas of work are:
Exotic mosquitoes pose a potential threat to public health. Mosquitoes can spread diseases to humans, transmitting Dengue Fever, Ross River Virus, Yellow Fever, Malaria, West Nile Virus, Japanese Encephalitis and Zika Virus. Dengue, for example, is prevalent in all Pacific island nations, except New Zealand. The risk of disease-carrying mosquitoes reaching NZ increases with global warming and international travel, and more than half the world is at risk from the diseases borne by these insects.
Unwanted mosquito species are regularly intercepted at our international borders, and they enter the country via a number of pathways. To ensure these exotics do not establish themselves in New Zealand, Health Protection staff from the Public Health Unit (PHU) maintain a mosquito surveillance programme around our ports of entry, namely Marsden Pt Refinery, Northport Log Port, Onerahi Airport, Kerikeri Airport and Opua Marina.
The Northland DHB Health Protection Unit has a well-developed strategy to provide early identification of exotic mosquitoes and to prevent the establishment of exotic mosquito species of public health significance, in the Northland Health District.
If you have any enquiries or concerns regarding mosquitoes please phone the On-call Health Protection Officer, or you can ring the toll-free Mosquito Hotline number 0800 Mossie (0800 66 99 43) from anywhere in New Zealand.
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The Public Health Unit provides technical and professional advice on public health issues relating to biosecurity and quarantine purposes and undertakes work in relation to:
Medical Officers of Health and Health Protection Officers provide technical and professional input on submissions for Resource Management Act consents which could potentially affect the health of the general population.
Submissions are made on the local and regional district council plans and policies in respect of public health issues, for example, annual and long term plans, bylaws, gambling and local alcohol policies.
Safe disposal of refuse and hazardous waste is recognised as one of the most significant practices contributing to the protection of public health.
Waste disposal and treatment facilities inappropriately managed can pose a threat to public health. Waste may contain hazardous materials and mismanaged waste sites can also provide an excellent environment to support pathogens and disease vectors (rats, flies).
Refuse collection and disposal is primarily the responsibility of territorial authorities and regional councils. Ngā Tai Ora participates by making formal submissions on any waste disposal/recycling bylaws and makes submissions on land use consents issued for waste disposal purposes. The purpose behind these submissions will be to ensure public health is protected during the operation of a site and that waste is managed in such a way that the effects on public health of these contaminants are minimised.
Public health services have a role to:
Waste management is dealt with under several pieces of legislation, namely: