The Ministry of Health has today published results of the 2019/20 New Zealand Health Survey, which provides valuable information on the health and wellbeing of people in New Zealand. For the first time, the annual survey includes data about participants’ disability status.
The findings are published on the Ministry’s interactive web tool, the Annual Data Explorer.
The 2019/20 survey, which started in July 2019, was suspended in late March this year due to COVID-19. The 2019/20 results are therefore based on data collected from fewer participant interviews than in previous years and will not include information about people’s health during the pandemic.
The survey provides information for eight Official Statistics alongside 164 other indicators. The data helps the Ministry and its stakeholders identify key health and wellbeing issues and monitor trends.
The eight Official Statistics paint a picture of New Zealanders’ self-rated health, smoking, past-year drinking, hazardous drinking, obesity and mental health status. The statistics also include information on the cost barriers to people accessing GP care and collecting prescriptions.
The 164 other indicators give a more detailed snapshot of the health of New Zealanders. The broad areas they include are: health status, long-term health conditions, health behaviours and risk factors, health service utilisation and patient experience, barriers to accessing health care, and socio-demographics including disability status.
Some data sets now span more than ten years, providing comparisons across more than a decade.
The 2019/20 statistics are based on face-to-face interviews with more than 9,500 adults, and the parents or primary caregivers of more than 3,000 children.