The Ministry of Health has today published key results of the 2016/17 New Zealand Health Survey using a new interactive tool, the Annual Data Explorer. These results complement the Tier 1 statistics published on 16 November 2017.
The Health Survey collects information on the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders which helps the Ministry identify key issues and monitor trends. It provides information on health behaviours and risk factors, health status, long-term conditions and access to and use of health services for both adults and children.
Over 150 health indicators have been included in the Annual Data Explorer. In addition to the usual health indicators including drinking, obesity, smoking, mental health and barriers to accessing health services, several new indicators have been added. One of the new indicators is screen time for children. The survey found that more than four out of five (83%) children watched two or more hours of recreational screen time per day.
The new way these results are published in the Annual Data Explorer should make it easier for people to access and download the statistics. It combines the statistics with graphs to enhance the communication of the results and the interactive format encourages users to explore the data to uncover trends and monitor the effects of health interventions.
The statistics are based on face-to-face interviews that were conducted from July 2016 to June 2017. Height, weight, waist and blood pressure were measured at the end of the interviews. Over 13,000 adults and the parents or primary caregivers of over 4,000 children took part in the survey.
Go to the Annual Data Explorer to view the 2016/17 New Zealand Health Survey results.