Tatau Kahukura: Maori Health Chart Book 2010 now available

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Summary of publication

Tatau Kahukura: Maori Health Chart Book 2010, 2nd Edition provides a snapshot of Maori health in the mid to late 2000s. It updates the first Maori Health Chart Book, which was released in 2006 and was based on data from the early 2000s.

The chart book presents key indicators relating to the socioeconomic determinants of health, risk and protective factors for health, health status, health service utilisation, and the health system.

Frequently asked questions

1. What health indicators are used in Tatau Kahukura: Maori Health Chart Book 2010?
The health indicators in Tatau Kahukura: Maori Health Chart Book 2010 relate to M?ori health priority areas as identified in He Korowai Oranga: The Maori Health Strategy and the New Zealand Health Strategy. The indicators were selected because they can signal wider health concerns, focus on health issues, be reliably and validly monitored, and are responsive to change.

2. What do the indicators show?
The indicators show that Maori have poorer health status and outcomes compared to non-Maori, are more likely to be exposed to risk factors for poor health, and are deterred from visiting a doctor mainly because of cost.

3. Do the findings in Tatau Kahukura: Maori Health Chart Book 2010 present an analysis of trends over time?
No, the findings in the Tatau Kahukura: Maori Health Chart Book 2010 present only a snapshot of Maori health from the mid to the late 2000s, using the most recent data available.

The findings in the Maori Health Chart Book 2010 should not be compared to those in the Maori Health Chart Book 2006. However, there are other reports that have tracked an improvement in Maori health outcomes over time, particularly in life expectancy and survival rates from cardiovascular disease. Such reports include the Decades of Disparity series (Ministry of Health 2007, 2006, 2003) and the Maori Smoking and Tobacco Fact Sheet (Ministry of Health 2009), which shows a decrease in daily smoking for amongst Maori, from 47 percent in 2002/03 to 38 percent in 2006/07 (data sourced from the New Zealand Health Survey).

4. How is the health and disability sector working to improve Maori health outcomes?
Improving health outcomes of Maori is one of the Governments priorities, as outlined in the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.

He Korowai Oranga: Maori Health Strategy provides the key strategic framework for improving Maori health outcomes. Central to He Korowai Oranga is the achievement of whanau ora.

The Primary Health Care Strategy, which builds on the population health focus and objectives of the New Zealand Health Strategy and the New Zealand Disability Strategy, is a key vehicle in improving Maori health outcomes.

The governments six health targets, including shorter waits for cancer treatment, increased immunisation, better help for smokers to quit, and better diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are also expected to help improve the delivery of health care to M?ori.

5. How can the report be used as a resource?
The information in Tatau Kahukura: Maori Health Chart Book 2010 will guide the Ministry of Health, DHBs and other agencies in updating their respective strategies and action plans to improve Maori health.

The report provides reliable and easily accessible information on key Maori health indicators, which can help policymakers and service planners in developing policy and services, and in allocating resources. The easy-to-use statistical information will also be helpful for policy analysts, students and the wider community in gaining a better understanding of Maori health.

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