New Zealand Health Survey – key findings 2012/13

An annual snapshot of the nation’s health shows improvements in the health of children and young people. It also identifies some areas where further gains are needed.

Health status, health behaviours, and risk factors

The majority of New Zealanders report being in good health.

Smoking rates continue to decline gradually, but high rates persist in Māori adults and in adults living in the most deprived areas.

Fewer young people are smoking and hazardous drinking levels have fallen among youths.

The adult obesity rate continues to increase. In children, the obesity rate remains similar to 2011/12.

Adults and children living in the most deprived areas have higher rates of all health risks including smoking, hazardous drinking, and obesity.

Health conditions

Māori adults report high rates of most health conditions, particularly asthma, ischaemic heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Rates of diabetes are high among Pacific adults.

Rates of psychological distress are high among Māori and Pacific adults, and in adults living in the most deprived areas.

More children, particularly boys, are being diagnosed with emotional and behavioural problems.

Access to health care

One in four adults and one in four children reported unmet need for primary health care in the past year.

Unmet need for primary health care is more common among Māori and Pacific adults and children, and in those living in the most deprived areas.

There are low rates of unmet need due to cost among children aged less than 6 years.

Oral health         

The majority of children have visited a dental health care worker in the last year.

More adults are only visiting a dental health care worker for toothache or never visiting.

Health sector standards

New Zealand has a multi-faceted health-care system and there are many standards, workbooks, and audit workbooks to meet different needs. These documents are developed by committees of the appropriate industry experts who often include providers, health care organisations, insurers, and consumer representatives.

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Related standards

  • NZS 8134:2008 Set Health and disability services Standards set
  • NZS 8134.0:2008 Health and disability services Standards – Health and disability services (general) Standard
  • NZS 8134.1:2008 Health and disability services Standards – Health and disability services (core) Standards
  • NZS 8134.2:2008 Health and disability services Standards – Health and disability services (restraint minimisation and safe practice) Standards
  • NZS 8134.3:2008 Health and disability services Standards – Health and disability services (infection prevention and control) Standards
  • NZS 8134.7:2010 Health and disability services Standards – Pharmacy services Standard
  • SNZ HB 8134.1:2001 Health and Disability Sector Standards (Residential) Audit Workbook
  • SNZ HB 8134.2:2001 Health and Disability Sector Standards (Hospital) Audit Workbook
  • SNZ HB 8134.3:2004 Health and Disability Sector Standards (Intellectual Disability) Audit Workbook
  • SNZ HB 8134.4:2004 Health and Disability Sector Standards (Children and Young People) Audit Workbook
  • SNZ HB 8134.5:2005 Health and Disability Sector Standards – Proposed Audit Workbook and Guidance for Residential Services for People with Dementia
  • SNZ HB 8134.6:2006 Best Practice Guidance for Community Services for People with Dementia and Proposed Audit Workbook

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