The Asian Health Chart Book 2006 is one of a series of monitoring reports being produced by Public Health Intelligence, the epidemiology group of the Ministry of Health, on the health of different ethnic groups. It is the first report to provide comprehensive information on the health of Asian New Zealanders.
The report shows Asian people have positive health outcomes in a range of health indicators compared to total New Zealand population. However, the relatively high rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease among Indian people, and the lower usage of health services by Asian population are concerning.
The report reveals major differences in health outcomes and exposure to health hazards between the Chinese and Indian ethnic groups, with ‘Other Asians’ generally intermediate. The report also reveals major differences in health and health service use between recent migrants and longstanding migrants. For almost all health indicators, recent or first generation migrants have better health status than longstanding migrants or the New Zealand born.
The report provides a barometer of the current health status of Asian New Zealanders as a baseline from which to monitor future trends. The information contained in this report can be used by the health sector to assist in identifying the health needs of Asian peoples in New Zealand. It may also help to inform Asian communities themselves, so that they can actively engage in debating their health needs and health service requirements.
HP Numbers for ordering hard copies
- Asian Health Chart Book 2006(English) HP number 4250
- Asian Health Chart Book 2006(Chinese) HP number 4318
- Asian Health Chart Book 2006(Hindi) HP number 4319
- Asian Health Chart Book 2006(Korean) HP number 4317