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

 


Waitemata Residents among the Healthiest in New Zealand

17 March 2014

Waitemata Residents among the Healthiest in New Zealand

People living in the Waitemata district are among the healthiest in the country, a new survey has found.

The 201113 New Zealand Health Survey, funded by the Ministry of Health, has found residents in the Waitemata district to have among the lowest rates of smoking, obesity, heart disease, stroke, diagnosed diabetes, and medicated asthma rates in the country.

Overall, more than 92% of people living within the Waitemata District Health Board area reported excellent, very good or good selfrated health, up from 88.8% in the 200607 survey.

Among the key findings for the Waitemata district include:
• a very high number of adults reporting excellent, very good or good health (92.4%)
• one of the lowest smoking rates in New Zealand (12.9% against the New Zealand average of 17.1%)
• the second lowest rate of obesity (23.4% against New Zealand’s 29.1%)
• one of the lowest rates of medicated high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and medicated asthma in the country
• good primary healthcare and after hours access, with one of the lowest numbers of people reporting that they were unable to get an appointment at their usual medical practice within 24 hours over the last 12 months

Waitemata DHB CEO Dr Dale Bramley, a public health physician, attributes the results to a combination of good socioeconomic factors in the district, along with the excellent health services available in the district from NGOs, primary care and hospitals. The DHB also strongly encourages positive lifestyle choices among the district’s more than 570,000 residents.

“We’re pleased that the latest Health Survey results confirm the high health status of our population – it is particularly pleasing to see that the number of smokers has dropped given that it still remains the leading risk factor for ill health and death. Many lives will be saved by this drop in smoking prevalence.”

Dr Bramley says the results on primary care access were particularly heartening, with just 11% of adults in the district reporting that they were unable to get an appointment at their usual medical centre within 24 hours over the past 12 months – a big drop from the 18.5% reported in the 200607 survey.

“While there is still room for improvement, our district’s general practices do an absolutely fantastic job, even at a time when population growth continues year on year.”

He says the survey results are consistent with other indicators that show that overall, Waitemata residents appeared to be healthier than their national counterparts.

Data has previously shown Waitemata's population to be the longest living in the country, with an average life expectancy of 84 years.

The Ministry of Health’s annual statistical publication, Cancer: New Registrations and Deaths 2009, has also previously shown Waitemata residents to have the lowest cancer death rates in the country.

The New Zealand Health Survey is an important data collection tool that enables the Ministry of Health to support the development of health services, policy and strategy.

The latest survey involved about 8500 children aged 0 to 14 years and about 25,500 adults aged from 15 years between the period of July 2011 to June 2013.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Sheep: Shearing Record Smashed In Hawke’s Bay

Three shearers gathered from around New Zealand have smashed a World record by 264 sheep despite the heat, the pumiced sheep of inland Hawke’s Bay and a year’s wool weighing an average of over 3.5kg a sheep. More>>

ALSO:

Carrie Fisher: Hollywood In-Breeding & The Velocity Of Being - Binoy Kampmark

There was always going to be a good deal of thick drama around Carrie Fisher, by her own confession, a product of Hollywood in-breeding. Her parents, Debbie Reynolds and the crooner Eddie Fisher, provided ample material for the gossip columns in a marriage breakup after Eddie sped away with Elizabeth Taylor. More>>

  • Image: Tracey Nearmy / EPA
  • Gordon Campbell: On The Best Albums Of 2016

    OK, I’m not even going to try and rationalise this surrender to a ‘best of’ listicle. Still…maybe there is an argument for making some semblance of narrative order out of a year that brought us Trump, Brexit and the deaths of Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Alan Vega, who I missed just as much as the Big Three. So without further ado….oh, but first a word from the sponsor More>>

    Emojis: World’s First Māori Emoji App Launched

    It’s here - the world’s first Māori emoji app Emotiki has landed just in time for summer roadtrips and santa stockings, with 200 Māori and Kiwi cultural icons for people to share their kiwiana moments with each other and the world. More>>

    ALSO:

    Howard Davis: Album Of The Year - Van Morrison's 'Keep Me Singing'

    2016 was a grand year for Van The Man - The Belfast Cowboy turned 71, received a knighthood, and reissued an expanded set of soul-fired live recordings from 1973 ('It's Too Late to Stop Now'). In the game for 53 years now, Morrison's albums consistently open new windows into the heart and soul of one of the most enigmatic figures in modern music. More>>

    Review: The NZSO Performs Handel's Messiah

    Max Rashbrooke: Saturday night's performance took the piece back to something like the way it would have originally been performed when premiered in 1742, with an orchestra of 20-30 players and only a few more singers. More>>

    Culture: Rare Hundertwasser Conservation Posters Found After 40 Years

    When Jan and Arnold Heine put a roll of conservation posters into storage in 1974 they had no idea that 42 years later they would be collectors items. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Health
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news