Alcohol and Other Drug health promotion
Promotion of responsible alcohol use and drug use prevention

The WDHB's Alcohol and Other Drug health promoter, based at the WDHB Public Health Centre, carries out a range of activities aimed at reducing alcohol and other drug-related harm in the community.

These include:

  • involvement with policy development with council and other enforcement partners
  • submissions and liaison with central and local government on alcohol and drug  issues
  • encouraging community action to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harm
  • promoting community awareness and knowledge about alcohol and other drug-related harm
  • implementing workplace initiatives
  • collaborating with school based Public Health Nurses and the SUPP team to increase awareness amongst youth and provide relevant resources and education
  • collation of data relating to Emergency Department alcohol-related presentations
  • joint projects in conjunction with other agencies such the Police, the Fire Service, ACC and District Council to publicise and reduce the health risks that might arise from the use of alcohol or other drugs.
By working with various groups in the community, the Public Health Service aims to reduce the harms caused to society and individuals by the excessive consumption and misuse of alcohol and other drugs.

A number of alcohol and drug-related resources are available from the Public Health Centre, 2nd Floor Lambie Building, Whanganui Hospital. These include resources developed by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and the New Zealand Drug Foundation.
 
Please feel free to contact the WDHB Alcohol and Other Drugs health promoter on 06 348 3150 for further information or resources. 
 
 
Related links

www.thelowdown.co.nz – Youth Health Website
www.hpa.org.nz - NZ Health prmotion inititives, resources and publications
www.youthline.co.nz - Helps young people to recognize and understand depression and anxiety
www.alcohol.org.nz - HPA's site for information, advice, research and resources about alcohol
www.alcoholdrughelp.org.nz - 0800 787 797 for confidential advice and support
www.nzdf.org.nz - Drug information, newsletters and resources
 

Contact
WDHB Alcohol and Drug Health Promoter
Whanganui District Health Board
Phone  06 348 3097    |     Fax  06 348 1783