The publication Ethnicity Data Protocols for the Health and Disability Sector describes procedures for the standardised collection, recording and output of ethnicity data for the New Zealand health and disability sector. The protocols have been developed with input from a wide range of sector and government organisations.
It is intended that the promotion of the Ethnicity Data Protocols and their adoption by the health and disability sector will improve the accuracy and consistency of ethnicity data over time, and across the different collections of data and various uses of data analysis within the sector.
From this reference document, materials more suitable for front-line data collectors and/or data providers can be generated. Standardised training and educational materials are also being developed and will be provided through the New Zealand Health Information Service (NZHIS).
On 1 July 2009 the ethnicity classification codes to be used in conjunction with the 2004 Ethnicity Data Protocols for the Health and Disability Sector (Protocols) were updated to align with the Statistics New Zealand Statistical Standard for Ethnicity 2005 (2005 Standard). Supplementary Notes to the Ethnicity Data Protocols and a revised Codeset have been published to reflect this change. Please use the Supplementary Notes and Revised Codeset Appendices in conjunction with the original 2004 Ethnicity Data Protocols document.