Get involved

There are lots of ways you can become involved and contribute to the work the PHA does. One of the best ways, of course, is to join us. Memberships are individual and costs are kept low and tailored to income. However, if you choose not to become a member you are still welcome to contribute to our various activities such as special interest groups and policy committees. You can find out more about these below.

Why join the PHA?

There are lots of benefits to joining. Our members mention things like:

  • the opportunity to gather share and learn with others in public health
  • being part of a collective voice for public health
  • the chance to influence public policy and help improve the health of New Zealanders
  • free access to public health research and resources
  • discounted attendance at our conferences
  • keeping up-to-date through our website, social media and regular publications such as our weekly e-bulletins, Kawerongo Hiko etc.

How to join

You can join the PHA or renew your membership online. Once new members have completed the online registration form they will be able to log into the member’s section to change their details.

If you are unable to join online, you may request a hard copy registration form by emailing

New members must agree with the PHA’s aims and values.

Activities you could be involved in

The PHA is always busy influencing public policy through the submission process; reviewing its own policy statements; or working on individual issues via special interest groups. These could be great ways for you to get involved and become more connected with others.

Special interest groups

Special interest groups are national groups organised by PHA members to focus on a particular public health issue. We have two actively working at the moment, one on Gambling Harm Minimisation and the other on Institutional Racism. If you are interested in getting involved or joining one of these groups please call Keriata Stuart at National Office (04 4723060) or email her at

Or you may be interested in forming your own special interest group. If so, please get in touch. We can help you to start a group or put you in touch with other like-minded members.


The PHA keeps a detailed list of all the public health related submission opportunities happening in coming months and we make submissions on those we deem most important.

Please get in touch with us at if you interested in making a submission on an issue that is important to you or if need some support or advice on how to go about it. We are keen to help you.

Policy development

The PHA regularly produces new policy statements or reviews existing ones to ensure they are current and informed by the latest evidence-based research. If you would like to contribute to our policy development contact

View our current and past policy statements.

Policy statements in development for 2017

We have several policy statements in development for membership ratification in 2017. These include: Alcohol, Access and Equity for People with Disabilities and Different Abilities; Rental Housing; Sugar Sweetened Beverages; Climate Change and Health; Equally Well (improving equity of physical health outcomes for people who experience mental health and addiction issues); Infectious Disease; and Oral Health.

If you are interested in any of these areas and would like to contribute to developing these policy statements please get in touch with Keriata at

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