Report: Health Status of Māori Children and Young People

A report released this week explores the health status of Māori infants, children and young people using a range of routinely collected data sources.

Due to its large size, the report is presented as reference manual, which is divided into three main sections:

1) Issues More Common in Infants (<1 Year): Indicators include Fetal Deaths, Preterm Birth, Infant Mortality and Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), and Breastfeeding. The section begins with a Viewpoint by Dr David Tipene-Leach which considers SUDI, and the development over the last decade, of local SUDI prevention initiatives which aim to create safer sleeping environments for Māori infants.

2) Issues More Common in Children (0–14 Years) or Common in Children and Young People (0–24 Years): This section contains three sub-sections: Total and Avoidable Morbidity and Mortality (Most Frequent Reasons for Hospitalisations and Mortality in Children, Ambulatory Sensitive Hospitalisations), Infectious and Respiratory Diseases (Acute Upper Respiratory Tract Infections, Tonsillectomy, Otitis Media and Grommets, Bronchiolitis, Pneumonia, Asthma, Bronchiectasis, Pertussis, Meningococcal Disease, Tuberculosis, Rheumatic Fever and Heart Disease, Serious Skin Infections, Gastroenteritis) and Other Issues (Injuries in Children, Oral Health and Permanent Hearing Loss).

3) Issues More Common in Young People (0–24 Years): Indicators include the Most Frequent Causes of Hospital Admissions and Mortality in Young People, Injuries in Young People, Teenage Births and Terminations of Pregnancy.

For each indicator a “snapshot” of the most recent 5 years of data (hospital admissions 2006–2010; mortality 2004–2008) is provided, which compares rates for Māori children and young people with those of non-Māori non-Pacific children and young people. Where possible, ethnic specific trends for each indicator are also presented for 2000–2010 (hospital admissions) or 2000–2008 (mortality).

Download the Health Status of Maori Children and Young People in New Zealand report (PDF, 3 MB)

Poverty: time ‘to wake up’

Otago Daily Times, 10 December 2012

New Zealand needs to ”wake up” and tackle child poverty if it wants to seriously improve the health of the country’s most vulnerable children, a University of Otago researcher says after working on a report examining child health being released today.

Dr Elizabeth Craig said the 2012 Children’s Social Health Monitor painted a ”mixed picture” when it came to child health…

Read the full Otago Daily Times’ report

Further information

New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service website