QUESTION: An Extract on Dr Mark Jacob,
10 Jul 2005, Auckland New Zealand
Our local west Auckland paper (Western Leader, Thursday July 7, 2005 Page 7) reports our public health director Dr Mark Jacobs as saying "We are pleased these reports do not find anything that wasn't expected."
The reports Dr Jacobs is
referring to are the follow up studies to the health effects of the aerial
spraying of the pesticide Foray 48B from January 2002 -May 2004.
Is he the same person?
EMAIL TWO Sent:
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 8:27 AM
EMAIL THREE Sent:
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 11:40 AM
ANSWER: 11 Jul 2005
yes it is the same person. Here is an extract from http://www.health.govt.nz/about-ministry/leadership-ministry/roles-have-statutory-function New Zealand Ministry of Health, downloaded 23/05/2012:
Director of Public Health – Dr Mark JacobsDr Mark Jacobs joined the Ministry of Health as Director of Public Health. Mark is a specialist public health physician, with broad experience as a public health practitioner and manager in Australia and the Pacific.
Before joining the Ministry, Mark managed the Public Health Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, providing advice on public health issues to Pacific island governments and overseeing implementation of regional programmes addressing a range of public health issues.
Before that he was Director of Public Health in Tasmania, leading public health efforts in that state including legislative reform, response to communicable disease outbreaks and environmental health issues, health impact assessment and NCD and injury prevention, as well as advising government.
Earlier he worked in rural and remote areas of New South Wales, primarily focussed on communicable diseases and environmental health.
Mark's particular interests include healthy public policy, encouraging multi-sectoral action to improve public health, health emergency preparedness and global health. [end of extract]
Dr Mark Jacobs first came to our attention as the Director of Public Health in the Far Western Area of New South Wales which includes the town of Broken Hill, home of the world's largest lead mine. Perhaps it was here that he became used to half the young children having a blood lead above the World Health Organisation's guideline. It was while he was the Director of Public Health, Tasmania that he claimed there was confusion over the terminology 'outbreak' and 'poisoning' in response to my use of the terms regarding an outbreak of lead poisoning in Queenstown, Tasmania from 1997 to 2000. I certainly was not confused and I used the terms in exact compliance with the definitions of 'outbreak' and 'poisoning' given in "Tasmanian Consolidated Legislation - [Extracts On] Notifiable Diseases From The Public Health Act 1997". In early 2002, I had cause to write a letter of complaint about Dr Jacobs to the then Tasmanian Health Minister Judith Jackson, which began:
23RD January 2002
The survey will be widely publicised in the local area." Ø ".follow-up information about lead for Queenstown residents has been prepared and will be distributed shortly . [including] additional material specific to the West Coast."
Additionally, you stated in your letter to me dated 11th January 2001, inter alia, that: Ø "Tasmania is committed to dealing effectively with environmental lead as a health issue. You will be aware that a survey of children's blood in Queenstown will be carried out this year, with input from the local community on the West Coast of Tasmania. This will be combined with a locally based follow-up and education program."
"It is also planned to disseminate information on lead to the Tasmanian community in general, and not just those on the West Coast."
END OF EXTRACT OF LETTER OF COMPLAINT
To this day, I have seen no evidence that any of the actions promised by
Minister at the time Dr Jacobs was the Public Health Director, have been
taken, except for a DRAFT factsheet titled [unsatisfactorily in my view]
Lead A Problem In Queenstown?" for which I have seen no evidence that it
ever finalised or distributed.
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