Kapi-Mana News : January 31st 2012
12 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 31, 2012 OPINION / NEWS Healthy Living In our schools • Public Health Nurses provide professional advice and support on child related problems and promote healthy living • We offer immunisation, vision and hearing testing • Our Public Health Advisors work with school students to promote healthy living to the wider community In our community • We work closely with a variety of agencies to reduce risk and harm caused by family violence, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs • We collaborate with a variety of services in the fight against significant problems such as skin infections and rheumatic fever • We encourage other agencies to consider the health impacts of their work on income, employment, poverty, welfare, education, housing and justice • We support a network of providers to promote mental wellbeing • We engage with Mˉ aori, Pacific, refugee and other communities Working with others • Promoting physical activity and healthy eating • Reducing harm caused by alcohol through regulation and health promotion • Working towards a SmokeFree Aotearoa by 2025 • Linking with other providers in the health system to support the health of the community • Having input into health service planning and delivery • Providing feedback on major documents that impact on health issues such as transport, alcohol, tobacco and child health • Opening up our training opportunities to our population health networks We have skilled staff with knowledge, resources and information and can work with communities to help them have an informed voice. What We Offer As part of the public health system, Regional Public Health aims to keep people healthy Safer Environments • We raise awareness of communicable diseases and follow up outbreaks of disease, for example meningitis, tuberculosis and gastroenteritis • We work with councils, food premises and other agencies, investigating food complaints, food borne illness and food recalls • We work with early childhood services to promote safe environments and good health practices • We investigate air, water and other pollution hazards and monitor solutions • We help prevent unwanted diseases entering New Zealand by monitoring our local air and sea borders • We have teams who assist during emergencies and natural disasters, working with Civil Defence and Emergency Management • We promote healthy urban design and environments through local authorities • We enforce relevant health legislation We work with communities, in their homes, at work, at school and at play To talk to us: Regional Public Health Main Office : Private Bag 31-907 Lower Hutt 5040 Phone : 04 5709002 Fax: 04 5709211 Email: RPH@huttvalleydhb.org.nz Regional Public Health has bases in Porirua and Wellington. 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Greater Wellington Regional Council and KiwiRail contracted Aurecon to carry out the work over the Christmas break to further ensure passengers' safety and improve access. The upgrade ran to schedule and took four weeks to complete. It included resurfacing of both platforms, strengthening of the southbound platform frontage and upgrading the main access path on the southbound side to prevent any further erosion. Tranz Metro manager Scott Brooks thanked residents and commuters for their patience.The work was completed on schedule. Military background differs to politics TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL ' That's what being in the military and in the Police, and even Methcon, was all about. Those can be considered uncompromising environments. But that doesn't describe my personality traits, if you like. ' Mike Sabin National MP Routinely, the far north produces larger-than-life politi- cal personalities, and Northland's new National MP, Mike Sabin, seems no exception. At 43, he's already enjoyed careers in the armed services, police and with his own meth- amphetamine abuse prevention firm, Methcon. That experience however, has all been within strongly hier- archical organisations. Does Sabin think his past careers have prepared him for the horse- trading and compromise that's basic to MMP politics? Fair comment, Sabin replies. The way he sees it though, his driving passion has been all about service. That's what being in the mili- tary and in the Police, and even Methcon, was all about. Those can be considered uncompromis- ing environments. But that doesn't describe my personality traits, if you like.'' So what does -- did he, for instance, vote for MMP in last year's referendum? No, he cer- tainly did not. In his view, politics isn't some utopian environment where dif- ferent sorts sit around and dis- cuss things in a collegial fashion. Politics is very hierarchical and adversarial. Not that I'm suggesting that's a good thing. But while the art of compromise is important, you can also get the tyranny of the minority, by way of MMP. We've seen many, many examples of how people who have a minimal mandate can actually have quite an extreme degree of power.'' Sabin got his first taste of the heat in the political kitchen while chairing a recent public meeting in Kaitaia about chil- dren at risk. It transpired that a local Maori trust board had been rapped over the knuckles for using some of its funds to feed hungry children at five schools in Kaitaia. Sabin warned the meeting that if schools provided lunches, then mothers and fathers would never have to do it. When it was pointed out that some parents were spending their money on pokies instead, Sabin reportedly replied: We have to investigate that, other- wise we'll have 50,000 more parents who are not feeding their children.'' Really? It seems hard to imagine the prospect of a free lunch would trigger a nation- wide abdication of parental care. Surely, I asked, you feed the hungry child first, and then address the cause? Sabin sticks to his guns. This situation isn't a community or government responsibility, he believes, but a parental one. And when some parents aren't meeting it? No problem, he claims. If you go down to Winz, you get these food parcels. There's any manner of ways in which you can get emergency food to assist a child.'' Whoever is in authority then has to get on to those parents. As a parent, Sabin has not been insulated from personal tragedy. In 2010, his teenage son Darryl suffered brain dam- age from a rugby field encoun- ter.Initially, Darryl's prognosis was dim, but today? Aside from some weakness in his right leg and right arm, he's the same kid that he was before his accident.'' The incident has led Sabin to advocate for a database of sports head injuries, one managed by the referees or by someone else independent of the coaches and players -- mainly, to counter the dangerous bravado of treating a head knock and getting up again as being just a rite of manhood. We've got to think about bet- ter ways to manage risk,'' Sabin says. In rugby, and in society at large.
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