Story: Child and youth health

Rates of child hospitalisation, 2010–2014

Applying the New Zealand Deprivation Index to health statistics is a way of illustrating socio-economic differences in health status among New Zealanders. These graphs show child (0–14 years) hospitalisation rates for medical conditions and injuries during 2010 to 2014 by decile. (Medical conditions are defined as serious or acute hospitalisations, include only arranged visits, and injury admissions exclude emergency-department cases.)  

The most common primary diagnosis for hospitalisations for medical conditions were respiratory and communicable diseases such as asthma, bronchiolitis and gastroenteritis.  

Decile 1–2 refers to children living in the most well-off neighbourhoods and decile 9–10 the least well-off. The graphs show that the less well-off children were, the higher hospital admission rates were. There is a significant gap between rates for decile 9–10 children and the other deciles for medical conditions – the rates are closer together for injuries. 

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Source: Child Poverty Monitor: Technical Report 2015

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Child and youth health - Socio-economic status, ethnicity and health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 July 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 29 Nov 2018