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


Affordable Housing The Key To Good Health

Affordable Housing The Key To Good Health

New Zealanders would have fewer health problems if there was an adequate supply of affordable, healthy housing, says The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine.

College president, Dr Julia Peters, is calling for a long-term housing plan that prioritises the provision of affordable, healthy homes.

"That would improve New Zealanders' health across the board and help to reduce health inequalities," she said.

Dr Peters said New Zealand has seen devastating epidemics of infectious disease, such as the Meningococcal B disease in the 1990s, that have been closely linked to over-crowded housing, and which took a very expensive vaccination campaign to resolve. Along with many other health professionals, public health physicians and other public health professionals were involved first-hand in attempts to manage that outbreak and research its underlying causes.

"We could generate another similar epidemic if we do not address healthy housing as a fundamental requirement of a healthy population."

Dr Peters said New Zealand's poor record in acute rheumatic fever is also likely to be related to poor housing conditions.

"Investing in affordable, healthy homes, would more than pay its way in reduced long term healthcare costs for the country."


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news