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Community and Public Health in Mid Canterbury (Ashburton)
The Mid Canterbury region covers the central South Island between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers, and includes the main township of Ashburton. The district is one of the fastest growing in New Zealand, and is becoming more ethnically diverse with over the half the recent population increase resulting from arriving international migrants (2006 to 2011).
Community and Public Health provides services to the more than 33,000 people of this area, and is based at the Ashburton Hospital site.
The small team in Ashburton is made up of two health promoters and an administrator. These staff focus on:
- Working with local Māori to ensure available health services are promoted and accessible to Māori;
- Using the Health Promoting Schools framework to promote healthy food choices and healthy environments for physical activity in schools;
- Promoting healthy nutrition choices and healthy environments for physical activity in workplaces and the community; and
- Promoting the Smokefree message.
Christchurch-based staff support the Mid-Canterbury region to enforce the Smokefree Environments Act, and provide infectious disease and environmental health services.
The Ashburton office has a small Community Health Information Centre, providing health information resources free to the public.
Have your say on the Ashburton District Long Term Plan 2018-2028
The Long Term Plan (LTP) maps out the future of Our Place – the Ashburton District over the next 10 years.
It includes the services and activities the Ashburton District Council provides for their community, and details of how they expect to pay for them. The LTP also includes projects planned for the future to ensure the Council is meeting the needs of the community. The LTP is like a contract with the community, which is why it is so important!
The LTP is also the 30 year plan for infrastructure in the district. This covers the big stuff such as roads, footpaths, sewerage, drinking water and stock water.
Public consultation on the draft Ashburton District Long Term Plan opens on Thursday 12th April. You can have your say until 5pm on Monday 14th May 2018.