Women in Black (Defenders of Public Health)
Saturday 24 August
This forum will start with a presentation to help the audience understand the diverse role of the Hawke’s Bay DHB’s Child Health Team which is part of the DHB’s Public Health Sector, whose work includes a mix of secondary and primary health care. Often the role of Public Health is unclear or unknown within the community. This presentation aims to debunk and expose our multifaceted role that includes, but is not limited to, Communicable Disease Management, School Based Health Services, Immunisation, BCGs and Mantoux testing, B4SC Coordination, Rheumatic Fever Prevention and Treatment, Health Promoting Schools, and Skin Infection and Infestation Prevention Programme.
After the presentation a panel, made up of those who are leading projects that you can access within primary care, such as avoiding skin infections, rheumatic fever notification and care, communicable disease notification and follow-up, and healthy housing referral pathway, will be available to answer your questions.
Helen August, NZRN, MN, NP
Nurse Practitioner Helen August works within the Public Health Team at Hawke’s Bay DHB. Helen coordinates the immunisation preventable communicable disease and school based immunisation program. Within her role as a Nurse Practitioner she works within several schools across the Hawke’s Bay region to help bridge the gaps when students are unable to access Primary Health Care. Helen has led the roll-out of the Healthy Skin project and continues to look for ways to improve and strengthen inter- sectorial collaboration.
Helen will be presenting alongside other members of the Public Health Team:
Christel Quate – Communicable Disease Program Support Officer
Mel West - Healthy Housing Team Leader
Sarah McKinley – Public Health Nurse
Linda St.George – Nurse Educator