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

 

Improved Maori life expectancy

Tuesday, March 30 2004

Improved Maori life expectancy vindicates targeted Maori health services

New figures reporting improved Maori life expectancy vindicate targeted Maori health services, according to the Public Health Association.

Statistics New Zealand has just released data showing non-Maori now live about 8.5 years longer than Maori which is a major improvement compared to the 9.1 year difference recorded in 1995-1997.

PHA Director Dr Gay Keating says the new data is important because it shows the first significant improvement in Maori life expectancy over the last two decades.

Dr Keating says recent debate about race issues has seen calls to scrap Maori health providers on the basis that there aren't any proven health benefits. Dr Keating says the latest figures suggest that targeted health services are beginning to turn the tide.

"The data shows you do get results by putting the right policies and targeted services in place."

Dr Keating says these results are especially encouraging because Maori providers are a relatively recent innovation and major improvements in life expectancy weren't expected in such a short time frame. However she says many Maori health providers are seriously under-funded and a significant number of Maori continue to miss out on essential health care.

The improved life expectancy may also be linked to recently improved educational achievements, employment statistics and an upturn in the economy; Dr Keating says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Reuben Moss' Property is Theft! & Kaitani at The Physics Room

Property is Theft! continues Moss’ interest in the contemporary urban environment as a space controlled by pulsing and unequal flows of capital and labour. Kaitani features work by the University of Canterbury Fijian Students Association and Kulimoe’anga Stone Maka. More>>


Handcrafted Form: Rare Treasures From Japan

This unique exhibition at Expressions Whirinaki represents 90 everyday objects made by contemporary Japanese artisans who employ various traditional craft techniques made in regional workshops. The works used in daily life are crafted from raw materials with techniques appropriate to bringing out the best of its medium, balancing ease of use with aesthetic appeal. More>>

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland