DHB hopefuls ranked by health society

Candidates for the Southern District Health Board have received a ranking from the Public Health Association on how they best meet its values.

Following a survey of the 17 candidates for the board, the association rated them on four key PHA values: pro-fluoridation, prevention focus, equity, and knowledge and experience.

Business owner Shanon Arnold and health coach and business director Graham Clarke indicated they disagreed with fluoridation of the water.

Gordon Dixon and Andrew Velman were not included in the scorecard, but spoke in person at a forum on Friday night about their goals. At the meeting Mr Dickson also indicated he disagreed with fluoridation.

The 15 candidates who responded to the survey were Dr Peter Rodwell, Dr John Chambers, Dave Cull, Ross Andrews, Shanon Arnold, Craig Ashton, Bob Barlin, Jason Bauchop, Ilka Beekhuis, Graham Clarke, Lyndell Kelly, Malcom Macpherson, Lyndsay Rackley, Jeanette Saxby and Rob Woodhouse.

Candidates the PHA found best fitted their values were emergency medicine specialist Dr Peter Rodwell, ACC area lead Craig Ashton, Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and Otago Polytechnic Capable NZ mentor Malcom McPherson.

Dr Rodwell and Mr Ashton ranked highly on knowledge and experience, and equity, and got "agree" marks on prevention focus and pro-fluoridation.

Mr Cull received a "strongly agree" pro-fluoridation rating and "agree" marks on all the other policies. Mr McPherson received "strongly agree" on knowledge and experience and pro-fluoridation, and "agree" on the others.

Candidates found to be least compatible were Mr Arnold and Ross Andrews.

Mr Andrews received a "neutral" mark for fluoridation and "disagree" for all other factors, while Mr Arnold was ranked "disagree" for all four.


The most recent study showing babies whose mums took fluoridated water in pregnancy had reduced IQs – is a well designed study - https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/several-in-utero-fluorideiq-stu... I am astonished that so many apparently educated candidates for the coming election repeat the old dental faith in being still 'committed to fluoridation of public water supplies….' After looking at how long it took to stop exposuring kids to IQ lowering leaded petrol along with their lead based toys, it seems a bit slow for the warnings getting across to educated people. Could it be true that health personal with political ambitions don't read the literature any more?
This is not the first study showing brain damage from fluoridated water. How long does it also take for health people and government to admit they might be wrong? Fluoridated water may save a tooth or two. But teeth can be mended. A damaged brain cannot be drilled, filled and mended in the same way. And particularly NOT by your dentist OR ANY candidate for the Southern District Health Board in a white coat who likes the idea of fluoride going into your drinking water.



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