Health promotion is commonly defined as ‘the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health’.
Public Health is promoting well-being and preventing ill health before it happens. It is about keeping people healthy and improving the health of populations rather than treating diseases, disorders and disabilities in individuals.
In Te Tai Tokerau PHO health promotion is informed by the Treaty of Waitangi, the Ottawa Charter, Te Pae Mahutonga and a broad perspective that includes health promotion action across a continuum. The articles of the Treaty of Waitangi each relate to a goal for health promotion action.