Health Professionals

Health professionals like GPs, nurses, and midwives need up-to-date information and advice to best serve their patients and clients.

Community and Public Health provides information and advice on:

  • diseases in the community, and
  • research on the issues impacting the health of the community, and
  • proposed or existing policies and legislation affecting the health of the community.

Find out about other documents and publications produced by Community and Public Health, such as the Health Promoting Schools Magazine.

Notifiable Diseases

The Health Act 1956 requires medical practices and other agencies or institutions, to report some specific diseases or illnesses to the local Medical Officer of Health.

Disease Surveillance

Community and Public Health reports on notifiable diseases and influenza in the South Island as well as epidemics, outbreaks and other incidents in Canterbury, South Canterbury and West Coast.


Medical Officers of Health are responsible for approving or recommending authorised vaccinator applications for individuals or centres. Find out about the process of applying to become either an authorised or yellow fever vaccinator.

Public Health Analysis, including health impact assessments and submissions

Submissions  |  Position Statements  |  Health Impact Assessment
Effective public health action is informed by evidence. Staff at Community and Public Health prepare reports and submissions often in partnership with or for other organisations.

Page last updated: 07/03/2017

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