The Ministry of Health has today published the full Annual Update of Key Results 2014/15: New Zealand Health Survey.
The survey provides a snapshot of key health issues facing New Zealanders and is an important tool in effectively monitoring health trends.
Survey data is collected continuously with findings reported annually. The latest update is based on data gathered from surveys of more than 13,000 adults and 4,000 children from July 2014 to June 2015.
The survey monitors against 50 indicators on health behaviours, health status, and access to health care.
Highlights from this year’s survey include:
- 89 percent of New Zealand adults reporting being in good health, and 98 percent for their children.
- the number of youths (those aged 15-17 years) smoking more than halving from 16 percent in 2006/07 to six percent this year.
- only 1.8 percent of children younger than six years unable to visit a GP due to cost.
- the number of youths drinking hazardously decreasing from 43 percent in 2006/07 to 34 percent in 2014/15.
- the number of children visiting the dentist steadily increasing from 76% in 2006/07 to 84% in 2014/15.
The survey is a vital tool in proactively planning for the current and future health needs of New Zealanders in general, and by region, age, ethnicity.