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What is Public Health ?

Public Health is a discipline aimed at improving health, prolonging life and improving the quality of life among whole populations through activities including health promotion, disease prevention and other forms of health intervention.

Adapted from WHO (1998) Health Promotion Glossary.  Geneva: World Health Organisation.

What is Public Health ?

Public Health is a discipline aimed at improving health, prolonging life and improving the quality of life among whole populations through activities including health promotion, disease prevention and other forms of health intervention.

Adapted from WHO (1998) Health Promotion Glossary.  Geneva: World Health Organisation.

User Guidelines

The Ministry of Health established HIIRC in 2010 to improve the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders by sharing examples of innovation and quality improvement, and by making New Zealand research more available to people working in health.

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Who can submit content?

We encourage clinicians, researchers and policy-makers to share their professional experience and insights by submitting material to the HIIRC site.

Some rules for publication

Participation in the HIIRC website constitutes agreement to the following rules, which apply to comments, profile information, any other content on this site, and participation in general.

  • Only post items to Public Health HIIRC site that are relevant to the scope of the site.
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 We may amend these guidelines from time and time as the HIIRC community develops.

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