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.

We provide an integrated multidisciplinary workforce with the expertise to work across the public health spectrum, and to respond to emerging and re-emerging public health risks and emergencies.

Our district-wide service is designed to deliver across the top of the South Island – Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui.

Our delivery model is focused on:

  • enhancing people's health and wellbeing outcomes
  • improving whanau ora
  • protecting public health
  • identifying and improving the health status of vulnerable and at-risk communities.

We work in a variety of settings in our communities and provide a range of population-based and personal health services. An example of some of these services are:

Health promotion

  • Healthy Homes, Smokefree NZ, breastfeeding, babies' safe sleeping, alcohol licensing, oral healthcare, injury prevention, nutrition, Health Promoting Schools programme, mental health promotion.

Environmental health and communicable disease

  • Reducing the spread of communicable diseases, border health protection, drinking water quality, tobacco enforcement, environmental health and resource management issues, emergency management, hazardous substance monitoring.

Public health nursing

  • School-based immunisations and vision and hearing checks, advice with child-related issues and promoting healthy living; Well Child service, cervical screening programme, sexual health clinic, reducing the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases.

 We also provide feedback on relevant documents which may affect public health.

The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service is part of the South Island Alliance’s South Island Public Health Partnership. One of the strategic health outcomes identified by South Island DHBs, includes: People are healthier and take greater responsibility for their own health: The development of services that better protect people from harm and support people to reduce risk factors, make healthier choices and maintain their own health and wellbeing.