The 1990s was a period of neoliberal economic policy and rising income inequality in new zealand, which could explain why much of the increase in rates of infectious diseases occurred then 30 perry b. Funding: the health research council of new zealand, the energy efficiency and conservation authority, the ministry of health, solid energy, orion, christchurch city council, environment canterbury, hutt mana community trust, maria, eastern bay of plenty energy trust, wellington city council, and housing new zealand corporation. In 2001, the new zealand ministry of health presented a broad strategic plan for reducing the incidence and burden of infectious diseases, 33 and work has been done to improve disease surveillance 34 our findings show a need to revisit these strategies in view of this new information. Inequality in new zealand increased from 027 to 033 (see the graph below) the main factor increasing income gaps was greater wages and salary inequality the rise in part-time and low-paid work extended the wage gap too. Backgrounder 16: poverty and child health 2 by the effects of poverty to many new zealanders it seems unnecessary to articulate these simple observations, but the documentation of the ill-health effects of poverty will continue to.
The failing housing market is leading to stark inequality between the old and young and the rich and the poor, officials told the new government as they took office. Air pollution can increase mortality risk and may also exacerbate socioeconomic inequalities in health outcomes this new zealand study investigated whether exposure to particulate air pollution (pm 10) was associated with mortality and health inequalities. Analyst at the new zealand treasury dr fiona imlach gunasekara is a senior researcher at plunket professor tony blakely is the director of the health inequalities research programme and the burden. Ethnicity data is essential to the measurement and monitoring of māori health and inequalities in health status, experiences, and outcomes in new zealand this paper considers approaches to ethnicity data collection in new zealand, summarises contemporary official approaches and policies, and comments on current data collection methods in key.
Social and ethnic inequalities in the tooth decay experience have long been apparent in new zealand (nz) and elsewhere 1, noticeably among adults and preschool children having much in common with other chronic non-communicable diseases, decay can easily be labelled as a wicked health problem. Abstract this paper looks at new zealand perceptions of poverty and inequality and the implications for health and social outcomes changes in economic and social policies have contributed to increased economic and social inequalities in aotearoa new zealand over the past 20 years. A short video about the tax system in new zealand the spirit level watch this video , where richard wilkinson and kate pickett, authors of the spirit level, explain why poor social outcomes are a direct result of income inequality. Income or wealth are used as measures of inequality, new zealand scores around the average of oecd countries, with similar levels of inequality to australia, japan and canada (perry, 2013a:1.
Health inequalities have been extensively documented, internationally and in new zealand [1 - 4]the cost of reducing health inequities (defined here as those inequalities in health between population groups that are unnecessary, preventable, and amenable to policy intervention [4 - 6]) is often perceived as high. Over the last three decades new zealand there has been a step change in inequality — we've gone from being one of the most equal to one of the most unequal countries in the developed world our income inequality increased very rapidly in the late 1980s and '90s — faster in fact than in any other wealthy country. Introduction stroke is a preventable disease, yet it is the third leading cause of death in new zealand after cancer and heart disease, and it is the greatest cause of disability in older people (tobias et al 2002. 10 facts on health inequities and their causes updated april 2017 there is ample evidence that social factors, including education, employment status, income level, gender and ethnicity have a marked influence on how healthy a person is. New zealand thus fits the pattern where high levels of inequality go hand in hand with worsening social problems what is likely to happen if we reduce inequality in new zealand according to research a reduction in inequality of incomes has tangible effects on social outcomes.
The declaration of the new zealand public health and disability act 2000, which is the current health system of the new zealand, enclosed in the bill was the treaty of waitangi principles of participation, partnership and protection, to be strictly acknowledged and implemented. Socio-economic status (based on factors like income, occupation and education) is a key determinant of health people living in favourable circumstances continue to experience better health than people living in poverty, within a context of rising living standards, improvements in life expectancy, changing causes of illness and death, and. Deadly addiction tobacco is the single biggest cause of preventable deaths in the world, as well as in new zealand in addition to lung cancer it is linked to bladder, liver, pancreatic, kidney, mouth, lip, throat and stomach cancer, leukemia (blood cancer) and a growing list of other cancers. A literature review of what we consider to be the key contributions in the income inequality - health debate is presented, as is a re-analysis of data derived from chapter 3 of social inequalities in health: new zealand 1999, which focuses on income, income inequality and health.
Max rashbrooke , editor of inequality: a new zealand crisis, says a growing income gap causes people to lose their sense of what life is like for people in the other half. Reducing inequalities in health vii executive summary we all have a role to play in reducing inequalities in health in new zealand regardless of how we measure health - by risk factors, use of services or outcomes - we find that particular. Inequalities in health between different ethnic groups in new zealand are most pronounced between māori and europeans our aim was to assess the effect of self-reported racial discrimination and deprivation on health inequalities in these two ethnic groups.