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

 


Investment in children’s health will improve economy

Media Statement
4 September 2014


Investment in children’s health will improve economy

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) is urging the new Government to develop a national cross-sector child poverty strategy.

College president, Dr Julia Peters, says this strategy should be embedded in legislation and should include comprehensive monitoring, measurable targets, increased investment in children, healthy and affordable housing, free, high quality maternity and child services, good quality nutrition in schools, and provision of high quality early childhood education.

“Poverty is an overwhelming and pervasive factor in preventable diseases, injuries, disability, and death for children in NZ, particularly Māori and Pacific children,” Dr Peters said.

“While some gains have been made - for example, higher, fairer immunization rates and more affordable primary care - much more still needs to be done.”

Dr Peters said the College’s new Child Poverty and Health Policy Statement[1] supports the paper recently released by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner entitled, ‘Choose kids: Why investing in children benefits all New Zealanders’[2].

She says urgent investment will return real dividends for children and for our society as a whole.

“This is not only socially just, but it is a good investment in terms of the long-term returns on the health and wellbeing of the population.

“Child health and wellbeing is a key issue for New Zealand. There is mass recognition that NZ children compare poorly with other developed countries on a range of child health indicators.”

ENDS

For more information contact Dr Julia Peters, NZCPHM President: 021 800 418

[1] NZCPHM Child Poverty and Health Policy Statement available at: http://www.nzcphm.org.nz/policy-publications
[2] Office of the Children’s Commissioner paper, “Choose kids: Why investing in children benefits all New Zealanders”, available at: http://www.occ.org.nz/assets/Publications/Choose-Kids-Why-investing-in-children-benefits-all-New-Zealanders-OCC-2.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

TV3 Video: NZ Praised For Sportsmanship After Cricket World Cup Final Loss

New Zealand may have been outplayed in the Cricket World Cup final by Australia, but received praise worldwide for their graciousness in defeat. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Werewolf: Finding Love In Hell

Will it really be 25 years in May since David Lynch’s Wild at Heart won big at Cannes, nabbing no less than the Palme d’Or? Amazing but true, and yet the film that was briefly Lynch’s most feted, now seems to be his most forgotten. More>>

ALSO:

Cricket: Dramatic Win Puts Black Caps In Finals

In Parliament: When Parliament resumed at 2pm the House passed a motion on a voice vote admiring the performance of the New Zealand cricket team in last night’s World Cup semi-final and wishing them well for the final on the weekend. More>>

ALSO:

Moon Shot/Kills Switch: The X Factor Judges Removed

MediaWorks has today decided that Natalia Kills and Willie Moon are no longer suitable to judge The X Factor and have removed them from the show. MediaWorks CEO, Mark Weldon, said that last night on The X Factor both Kills and Moon made comments that were completely unacceptable. More>>

ALSO:

Tessa Nichol: Up Up & Away In The Wairarapa

It’s an overcast morning in the Wairarapa but the mood on the ground in Carterton’s Carrington Park is anything but grey. More than 20 hot air balloons are getting ready to take off into the cloudy sky to mark the start of this year’s Wairarapa Balloon Festival. More>>

Golden Shears: Scotsman Wins Golden Shears Open Final

A Scottish shearer who settled in New Zealand to farm in Taranaki has become the first shearer from overseas to win the Golden Shears Open Shearing Championship. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news