An overview of the public health system performance and the current state of health in New Zealand.
Purpose of this report
The Health and Independence Report gives an overview of the public health system performance and the current state of health in New Zealand. The report fulfils the responsibility of the Director-General of Health under section 3C of the Health Act 1956 to report annually to the Minister of Health on the current state of public health in New Zealand. The report accompanies the Ministry of Health’s Annual Report for the year ended 30 June 2014.
This year’s report contains the following sections:
- Health system performance
- Changing health needs
- Non-communicable diseases
- Risk factors for non-communicable diseases
- Infectious diseases.
Summary of findings from this year’s report
This year’s report includes a wealth of information about the health of New Zealanders and the performance of the health and disability system. Some highlights, challenges and opportunities are presented below.