The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service is part of Nelson Marlborough Health.

It comprises health promoters, health protection officers, public health nurses, medical officers of health, public health analysts and an administration team.

They respond to emerging and re-emerging public health risks and emergencies, and work in a variety of community settings. They provide a range of population-based and personal health services, such as:

Health promotion

Health promoters enable people to increase their control over, and to improve, their own health. They focus on areas including:

  • healthy homes
  • Smokefree NZ
  • breastfeeding and babies' safe sleeping
  • alcohol licensing and alcohol harm prevention
  • oral healthcare
  • injury prevention
  • nutrition
  • mental wellness

Health protection 

Health protection officers protect people's health and wellbeing with a focus on:

  • reducing the spread of communicable diseases
  • border health protection (eg biosecurity and quarantine)
  • drinking-water quality
  • tobacco enforcement,
  • environmental health and resource management issues
  • emergency management
  • hazardous substance monitoring.

Public health nursing

Public health nurses are registered nurses who work with their local communities to promote health, preventing disease and maintain wellness.

They work in partnership with schools to assist and support families and whanau towards self-reliance in health by providing:

  • school-based immunisation and vision and hearing checks
  • advice with child-related issues
  • healthy living advice
  • the Well Child service
  • cervical screening programme and sexual health clinic

Emergency management

The Ministry of Health, district health boards and their public health services are prepared to respond to emergency situations including:

  • international pandemics
  • infectious disease outbreaks
  • national or regional natural disasters
  • chemical spills
  • sewage system malfunction.

During natural disasters, such as earthquakes or floods, Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service staff give advice about:

  • drinking-water safety
  • infectious disease control
  • sewage disposal
  • recreational water quality
  • hazardous substances.

Food safety is the responsibility of the Ministry for Primary Industries.


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