Dr Jim Miller is one of your Medical Officers of Health. Medical Officers of Health are public health physicians (doctors) who specialise in the health of groups or whole communities rather than working on individual healthcare.

The Medical Officers of Health are designated by the Director General of Health. The purpose of the Medical Officer of Health role is to improve, protect and promote the health of the population in their districts.

They regularly publish reports that provide information, comment and opinion on current public health topics and issues.

Dr Jim Miller
Medical Officer of Health and Environmental Health Manager

Dr Jim Miller is a public health physician, Medical Officer of Health and Environmental Health Manager for Toi Te Ora Public Health. 

Jim trained in public health medicine in Yorkshire, England, before spending ten years as a consultant in communicable diseases and environmental health in Scotland.

Since moving to New Zealand in 2007, he has continued to focus on health protection, whilst developing interests in leadership, and public health policy development. He currently leads our health protection team.

In the Bay of Plenty, he has taken an interest in immunisation, rheumatic fever and sanitation. Nationally, he has been active in the NZ College of Public Health Medicine, latterly as chair of their Policy Committee during a period when positions on wide range of public health issues have been developed.

"Working in public health gives me the chance to help people, individually or as families, for example when giving advice on a case of infectious diseasee, and at community or even national level by contributing to the development of new health regulations," says Dr Miller.

Qualifications and professional memberships:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Glasgow
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Glasgow
  • Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Fellow of Faculty of Public Health, United Kingdom
  • Fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine
  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine