News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Green Prescriptions an effective health investment

Media release

Green Prescriptions an effective investment in health

Green Prescriptions, a SPARC (Sport & Recreation New Zealand) and General Practice programme that helps doctors encourage people to become more physically active, is highly cost effective according to new research released today.

The Green Prescriptions programme involves General Practitioners and practice nurses giving a Green Prescription to patients who could benefit from physical activity. SPARC and PHARMAC jointly fund free patient access to follow-up support from their local regional sports trust for up to three months.

The programme is successful in encouraging people to be more active.

A paper by Auckland University researcher Dr Raina Elley, published in the British Medical Journal last year, and funded by the NZ Heart Foundation, showed that people in the Waikato had increased their levels of physical activity as a result of being given a Green Prescription, and had shown improvements in quality of life and trends in decreasing blood pressure.

The research carried out for PHARMAC by Wellington School of Medicine health economist Des O’Dea took the results of the BMJ paper and a cost effectiveness analysis by Dr Elley to estimate the cost per long-term health benefit from the programme. .

The results, says PHARMAC medical director Dr Peter Moodie, show that Green Prescriptions provide excellent value for money.

“It’s widely known that increasing levels of physical activity can have health benefits such as reducing people’s weight, reducing their chances of having a heart attack or stroke, or helping relieve depression,” Dr Moodie says.

“The work by Dr Elley at Auckland University gave us some excellent data on which to base a funding analysis. What this analysis shows is that taxpayers’ money is being well spent on a programme that is producing good results.”

“We’re delighted with the results which underline our belief that the programme is an appropriate use of public money, and an effective way of encouraging more physical activity.”


* Eds note: A personal account of one person’s experience with Green Prescriptions is attached.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news