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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 (the Ashburton District), with Ashburton as the main township. The area is one of the fastest growing rural districts 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;
- supporting workplaces through the WorkWell programme; 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.
Text your postcode to ‘4196’ for important alerts in the Ashburton District
Ashburton District Council media release: 31st May 2019
Ashburton District residents can now receive important alerts and notifications – free of charge, straight to their mobile phone, by simply texting their postcode to ‘4196’.
The Council has launched a new text/SMS alert system that will message residents with critical information, including boil water notices, road closures and detours, health and safety matters, and emergency-related activities in their area.
The free service will replace the currently used Antenno app, which will no longer be used from 1 September 2019. Residents already using Antenno are encouraged to opt-in to the Council’s new text/SMS alert system to continue receiving important Council notifications.
“By texting your postcode to opt-in, the Council can ensure that we are only sending the alerts to the areas it needs to reach. This is a much easier way for residents to stay up-to-date with critical services and infrastructure in their district, and we are very pleased to begin providing this service,” says Council Chief Executive Hamish Riach.
Residents can receive alerts to multiple postcode areas by individually texting them to ‘4196’. To remove any of the postcode areas, simply text ‘STOP’ and the postcode number to ‘4196’. For example ‘STOP 7700’.