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Sir Collin Tukuitoga appointed to newly established Public health advisory committee

Dr Tukuitonga is a public health physician, associate professor and academic at the University of Auckland. Photo: University of Auckland

Sir Collin Tukuitoga has been appointed to the newly established public health advisory committee that will tackle some of the country’s most difficult health issues.

Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall says the new Public Health Advisory Committee will investigate and help address long-term health challenges facing Aotearoa.

“The group will ensure scientific expertise is at the heart of policy making decisions especially as we build a sustainable system capable of delivering health gain and health equity.

The committee will be chaired by Kevin Hague, former Chief Executive of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand and former Member of Parliament. Hague brings significant governance experience in the health and wellbeing sector, and expertise on public health and health promotion.

The other expert members are Beverly Te Huia, Associate Professor Jason Gurney, Professor Peter Crampton, and Dr Ruth Cunningham.

“I’m delighted that the Public Health Advisory Committee has such a highly regarded and diverse membership,” Dr Verrall said.

“The committee will play a key role in considering the factors underlying the health of people and communities and prioritise equity-based approaches. I look forward to working with them and receiving their well-considered expert advice.”

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