Dr Neil de Wet 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 Neil de Wet
Medical Officer of Health and Health Services Development Manager

Dr Neil de Wet is a public health physician, Medical Officer of Health and Health Services Development Manager for Toi Te Ora Public Health. 

His interests include biophilic public health, environmental health, ecology and health, childhood obesity prevention, and science and risk communication. He is also interested in the control and prevention of infectious diseases, and leads the tuberculosis control programme.  “Much of our work in public health is about prevention, and this is often about identifying and managing risks to people’s health, preventing infectious diseases and managing outbreaks. But this also requires looking beyond the immediate risks to the wider context and long term view of what affect’s people’s health,” says Dr de Wet.

“It is a real privilege and can be very rewarding to part of this long term collective social effort to help make changes that give everyone the best opportunities for good health," say Dr de Wet.

Before specialising in public health Dr de Wet spent some years working in the area of ecology and health in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Prior to that he worked as a junior doctor in several areas of medicine, including general medicine and surgery, accident and emergency, geriatrics and orthopaedics as well as paediatrics and paediatric infectious diseases.

Qualifications and professional memberships:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Cape Town
  • Master of Philosophy (Environmental Science), University of Cape Town
  • Master of Public Health, University of Auckland
  • Fellow of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine
  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine


Medical Officer of Health Reports authored by Dr Neil de Wet:


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