Adolescent Oral Health Service Utilisation 2001/02 to 2006

These graphs show the proportion of adolescents in New Zealand using dental services on years 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 on a national level and then broken down by regions.

The source data for these graphs is available below.

National

On a national level, the Southern Region has consistently had the highest levels of adolescent oral health service utilisation. The Northern Region has had the lowest. The Northern and Central regions have trended upwards over time. The Midland Region jumped down 5% in the second year of records, but has trended up since then. The Southern Region had a small drop in service utilisation in 2006, but still has far higher uptake than any other region. Overall, service utilisation has improved between 2001 and 2006.

Northern Region

In the Northern Region, service utilisation has generally been below 50%. Waitemata is the main except, as it is generally around 60% (except in 2005, when it was around 30%). Service utilisation improved from 37% on 2001/02 to around 45% for 2004–06. Auckland's service utilisation has varied from under 30% to almost 60%, with an overall upwards trend. Counties Manukau has had a consistent upwards trend, improving from less than 30% to around 53%.

Midland Region

Service utilisation in the Midland Region has generally been above 50%. The Lakes DHB is the exception, failling from 52% in 2001/02 to a low of 40% in 2004. Waikato has had an overall upwards trend, with a dip below 50% in 2004, and was sitting just over 60% in 2006. Bay of Plenty has generally sat aroudn 54%. Tairawhiti has had the highest service utilisation – above 60% except for 2004 and 2005, where it sat around 56%. Taranaki has generally been around 55%.

Central Region

Oral health service utilisation has varied significantly in the Central Region. Capital and Coast has had the lwoest rates – around 47% in 2001/02, and it has trended downwards since then. Wairarapa has had the highest rates – trending upwards from 63% in 2001/02 to almost 80% in 2006. MidCentral has seen the biggest improvements – from 42$ to 76%, and Whanganui, MidCentral and Hutt Valley have also all trended upwards, and all sat around 62% in 2006.

Southern Region

The Southern Region has generally had high oral health service utilisation rates. South Canterbury has had the highest rates, and a consistent upwards trend – from around 78% to over 90% in 2006. Otago has also had high rates, sitting at or over 80% in most years. Nelson/Marlborough and Canterbury have been lower, averaging around 63 % with little varience. West Coast has seen a downwards trend 0 from just over 70% in 2001/02 to 58% in 2006. Southland has also gone down. It has generally sat around 72%, but fell to less than 60% in 2006.

?Regional and National Adolescent Oral Health Service Utilisation 2001/02–2006
 
2001/02 percentage
2004 percentage
2005 percentage
2006 percentage
Northland
37.3%
45.4%
45.2%
45.6%
Waitemata
66.0%
59.6%
31.8%
58.2%
Auckland
31.8%
25.9%
57.4%
43.6%
Counties Manukau
26.2%
43.8%
45.3%
53.5%
Waitemata/Auckland combined
50.5%
44.8%
42.7%
52.2%
Auckland Metro Combined
42.1%
44.5%
48.9%
52.7%
Northern Region
41.5%
44.6%
43.8%
51.9%
Waikato
53.8%
47.3%
59.4%
60.9%
Bay of Plenty
57.6%
55.8%
51.6%
55.6%
Lakes
51.5%
44.0%
40.5%
44.7%
Tairawhiti
60.4%
55.7%
55.7%
65.1%
Taranaki
57.7%
54.7%
52.5%
58.0%
Midland Region
55.3%
50.3%
54.0%
57.4%
Whanganui
48.0%
41.5%
51.7%
62.5%
MidCentral
42.1%
61.4%
65.0%
76.3%
Hawkes Bay
58.7%
57.4%
56.0%
63.4%
Wairarapa
64.2%
63.7%
73.3%
79.0%
Hutt Valley
55.9%
52.5%
52.7%
61.5%
Capital and Coast
45.6%
33.6%
38.0%
34.3%
Central Region
50.2%
49.4%
52.6%
58.1%
Nelson/Marlborough
65.4%
69.9%
63.8%
68.1%
West Coast
70.6%
64.5%
65.3%
57.3%
Canterbury
63.4%
68.8%
69.9%
67.2%
South Canterbury
77.6%
85.4%
87.8%
90.3%
Otago
64.5%
79.9%
81.7%
82.7%
Southland
71.1%
74.5%
73.4%
57.2%
Southern Region
65.8%
72.4%
72.4%
69.9%
Total NZ
52.0%
52.6%
53.7%
58.3%
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