Public health

The NZMA has asked the Government to make Public Health policy a coherent and clear national priority. Action taken at a population level can protect and improve the health of the population and that the Government has the opportunity to further influence a large number of factors that affect the health of New Zealanders, including interventions such as water fluoridation, increasing tobacco and alcohol control, and implementing measures to curb the environmental drivers of the obesity epidemic.

Preventive health links strongly with the second part of our mission statement. Major policy areas are obesity, tobacco and alcohol.