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Community and Public Health is divided into teams that reflect regional diversity and core public health functions..

Community and Public Health Organisational Chart.  

This organisational diagram shows the structure of Community and Public Health since 1 March 2011. The upper tier of management called the Divisional Leadership Team is composed of the General Manager, Public Health Specialists (who are senior public health professionals including Medical Officers of Health) and Managers of the teams or offices.

Under the management structure are the three regional areas (Canterbury, West Coast, and Mid / South Canterbury) serving the public health needs of their respective communities. The Canterbury office has a significantly higher number of staff and so is arranged into five work streams including Administration. These work streams cover and support the core public health functions and are described further below. Each work stream has a Team Leader.

Read an explanation of the different roles at Community and Public Health.

View lists of staff employed by Community and Public Health.

Download the Community and Public Health Vision and Purpose Statement [83 KB PDF].

Download Community and Public Health's plans:


Good information about our population's health leads to effective support and appropriate training. All public health work stresses the importance of considering the causes of both good and poor health. This team recognises the key role of identifying and providing information about the population's health status, including what affects it.

This team focuses on the following;


This team incorporates Health in All Policies (HiAP) and health impact assessment (HIA), and has particular focus on the City Health Profile and Plan, and the Healthy Christchurch initiative.

Download the vision for the Health in All Policies Team [421KB PDF].

Health Protection

This team addresses many of the regulatory public health concerns, such as monitoring. Priority Areas for this team include:

  • Biosecurity
  • Communicable Disease
  • Drinking and Recreational Water
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Housing
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Resource Management Act
  • Transport
  • Waste Management

Key Settings include:

  • Physical environments (land, air, water)
  • Built environments including homes
  • Airport and port borders
  • High risk areas such as prisons


The priority of the Communities team is to help prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes; the leading causes of death and disability. They are linked by common biological, behavioural and environmental risk factors, which include:

  • high blood pressure
  • high blood cholesterol
  • being overweight
  • smoking
  • physical inactivity
  • poor nutrition and
  • harmful alcohol use

Key Settings include:

  • Education settings including schools and tertiary institutions
  • Communities of high need (including Māori, Pacific and relative socio-economic deprivation)
  • Workplaces