Source: Ministry of Health, 14 December 2017
The Ministry of Health has published key results of the 2016/17
New Zealand Health Survey using a new interactive tool, the Annual
Data Explorer. These results complement the
Tier 1 statistics published on 16 November 2017.
The Health Survey collects information on the health and
wellbeing of New Zealanders which helps the Ministry identify key
issues and monitor trends. It provides information on health
behaviours and risk factors, health status, long-term conditions
and access to and use of health services for both adults and
Over 150 health indicators have been included in the Annual Data
Explorer. In addition to the usual health indicators including
drinking, obesity, smoking, mental health and barriers to accessing
health services, several new indicators have been added. One of the
new indicators is screen time for children. The survey found that
more than four out of five (83%) children watched two or more hours
of recreational screen time per day.
The new way these results are published in the Annual Data
Explorer should make it easier for people to access and download
the statistics. It combines the statistics with graphs to enhance
the communication of the results and the interactive format
encourages users to explore the data to uncover trends and monitor
the effects of health interventions.
The statistics are based on face-to-face interviews that were
conducted from July 2016 to June 2017. Height, weight, waist and
blood pressure were measured at the end of the interviews. Over
13,000 adults and the parents or primary caregivers of over 4,000
children took part in the survey.
Go to the Annual Data Explorer to view the 2016/17 New
Zealand Health Survey results.