Preventing harm from tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food.

Unhealthy diets, obesity, tobacco, and alcohol contribute about one third of the overall preventable premature death and disability in New Zealand

Implementing WHO’s ‘Best Buys’ for preventing chronic disease will save lives and money

Experts in the non-government organisation (NGO), healthcare and academic sectors have the knowledge and capacity to help government design and implement the best policy options for the health of New Zealanders

<0.5% of the health budget is spent on the prevention of harm from tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food which cause 32% of the premature death and disability

Preventing harm from tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy food

Who we are

We are a coordinating, umbrella organisation for the NGO, healthcare and academic sectors to achieve the collective vision of health and equity in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Unhealthy diets, high BMI, tobacco, and alcohol contribute about one third of the overall preventable health loss in New Zealand. As a collective we strive to prevent harm from unhealthy commodities and to strengthen the foundations of public health.

Tobacco

What progress are we making on tobacco control and how can we reach our national goal of being Smokefree by 2025?

Alcohol

What progress are we making on reducing the negative health and social impact of alcohol and what policies are needed to further reduce harm?

Unhealthy food

What progress we are making on reducing diet-related diseases, obesity, dental caries and mental health problems related to unhealthy foods and what are the WHO-recommended polices we need to implement?

Upcoming events:

Health Coalition Aotearoa Prevention Forum 2020

Health Coalition Aotearoa members and guests will launch the Prevention Brief 2020 and hear political party responses to it.

Professor Carlos Monteiro, University of Sao Paulo, will give the keynote address on the lessons learned from food policy implementation in Latin America. The Coalition’s inaugural AGM and action planning will follow.

Download forum flyer here

Date: Tuesday 7 April 2020
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
Venue: The Boatshed, Wellington Waterfront

Determinants of health

How do we prevent disease, prolong life and promote the health of all New Zealanders?

A core part of prevention is to address the underlying economic and societal determinants of health and disease, including historical and contemporary inequities in income and employment, housing, education, urban development and participatory democracy.

Determinants of health

 

How do we prevent disease, prolong life and promote the health of all New Zealanders?

A core part of prevention is to address the underlying economic and societal determinants of health and disease, including historical and contemporary inequities in income and employment, housing, education, urban development and participatory democracy.

News

Smokefree repeal must get Parliamentary scrutiny

Today, Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA), the Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand (CMC), and Te Ohu Rata O Aotearoa – Māori Medical Practitioners Association are calling on the Government not to repeal the Smokefree Environments and Regulated Products (Smoked...

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Call for Luxon to replace Costello over cigarette tax freeze

Health Coalition Aotearoa is calling for Prime Minister Christopher Luxon to replace Associate Minister for Health Casey Costello with someone who can restore credibility to the portfolio following news she is seeking to freeze excise tax on cigarettes for three...

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Govt allies play down smoking harm, back repeal

The Government is preparing to repeal new Smokefree measures that would rapidly save thousands of lives, a move that has widely been condemned by national and international health experts. Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) is therefore disappointed to see the Action on...

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Repeal of smoke-free laws – a massive set back for health

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) is extremely disappointed the new coalition Government plans to repeal world-leading Smoke-free laws, including de-nicotisation of cigarettes, a reduction in retailers and banning cigarettes for the next generation.   HCA calls for...

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Scrapping Te Aka Whai Ora – major threat to Māori health

The disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora – the Māori Health Authority - as proposed by the National, ACT and NZ First parties, poses a grave threat to the health and wellbeing of tangata whenua. Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) calls on all parties to retain Te Aka Whai...

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Free under-30s dental care fills gap but more needed

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) welcomes Labour’s proposed policy to reduce the burden of dental disease in Aotearoa - but says more preventative action is needed to address the causes of tooth decay. Provision of free dental care for the under-30s, will help correct...

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Alcohol bill step in right direction to reduce harm

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) commends the Government's passing of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Community Participation) Amendment Bill yesterday. While there is still much more to be done to reduce alcohol harm in this country, this is a step in the right...

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Stronger youth vaping measures welcomed

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) welcomes Labour’s stronger proposed measures to address the serious problem of vaping among our tamariki and rangatahi. Labour’s policy announced today included capping all vape stores to 600 nation-wide, a requirement for all retailers...

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Healthy school lunches alleviate hunger, poverty, mana: study

The latest research into the impact of the Ka Ora, Ka Ako – Aotearoa’s free school lunch programme – provides more important evidence of wide benefits including a reduction in food insecurity for students and whānau. University of Auckland research fellow Pippa...

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‘We have failed our mokopuna’

Health Coalition Aotearoa (HCA) stands in solidarity with the parents’ movement Vape-Free Kids and their petitions calling on the Government to protect children from vaping addiction. Vape-Free Kids NZ are handing over their petitions to Dr Tracey McLellan, Chair of...

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