PHAMonday 03 September 2012, 12:04PM
Media release from PHA
Delegates and speakers from overseas and around the country are
converging on Wellington today for the Public Health Association's
annual conference. This year the conference theme is Equity from
the start - valuing our children. The venue for the conference is
Pipitea Campus, Victoria University, Wellington.
Conference co-convenors Eileen Brown and Michelle Mako say this
year's theme was easily chosen.
"Reports have continued to show we are failing our children. It is
to our shame that 270,000 children live in poverty in New Zealand,
as are the multitude of reports that show us doing very poorly
against OECD standards for child health, equity and
They say the conference's keynote speeches, the workshops and the
plenary sessions will all provide a unique opportunity to reflect
on actions that need to occur improve all children's wellbeing and
ensure they thrive and can realise their full potential.
The conference will commence today with a number of Gateway events
focussed around the conference theme. A schedule of Gateway events
is included below.
The conference proper will start on Tuesday 4 September and will
feature a range of prominent local and overseas speakers. It will
conclude at the close of day Wednesday 5 September.
International speakers include:
- Hon Dr Tuitama Leao Talalelei Tuitama: Minister of Health for
- Sir Michael Marmot: Chair of the Commission on Social
Determinants of Health at the World Health Organization. Sir
Michael will be presenting via a video specifically prepared for
- Cindy Blackstock: Executive Director, First Nations Child and
Family Caring Society of Canada
Local speakers include:
- Russell Wills: New Zealand's Children's Commissioner
- Cindy Kiro: Head of the School of Public Health at
Massey University, and previously Children's
- Peter Boshier: New Zealand Principal Family Court
- Hon Jo Goodhew: Associate Minister of Health
- Anne Smith: Emeritus Professor from College of Education at
- Alison Taylor: A consultant in the not for profit and
philanthropic sectors with a passion for capacity building and
- Veronica Tea-Monica Ng Lam: the inaugural leader and
chairperson of Save the Children New Zealand's Child & Youth
Council (CYC), launched in November 2011
There will also be a wide range of presentations by child and
health experts on topics of current interest and importance.
The conference is the biggest event on the 2012 public health
calendar, and media are welcome to attend. For all media enquiries
or information about the conference please contact the PHA
communications manager Rob Zorn 04 973 3759, 021 726 273.