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DHB Child and Youth Health Reports

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DHB Reports

The New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service have provided child and youth health reports to participating District Health Boards (DHBs) on an annual basis since 2005, with reporting being timed to coincide with DHBs' 3-yearly Health Needs Assessments. Each three year reporting cycle aims to provide a comprehensive overview of child and youth health, using an Indicator Framework developed specifically for this purpose. Within each cycle, issues are covered in the following order:

  1. Year 1: The Health Status of Children and Young People
  2. Year 2: The Determinants of Child and Youth Health
  3. Year 3: Children and Young People with Chronic Conditions and Disability

In addition, each year participating DHBs select two issues for more in depth review. Issues vary from year to year but in general aim to be congruent with the overall theme of the year's report.

2008 DHB Child and Youth Health Status Reports

The 2008 Child and Youth Health Status Report focuses on health outcomes for children and young people. Issues covered include infant mortality, stillbirths, ambulatory sensitive hospital admissions (ASH), hospital admissions and mortality from respiratory and infectious diseases, hospital admissions and mortality from injuries, dental procedures, constipation and teenage births. In addition, two topics were selected by DHBs for more in-depth review during 2008. They were:

  1. Ambulatory Sensitive Hospitalisations in Children
  2. Initiatives to Improve Breastfeeding

Subsequently, as the result of a Child Injury Prevention Foundation of New Zealand Summer Scholarship, a third in-depth topic: Preventing Home Based Injuries in Preschool Age Children was added during 2009. This topic considers home based injuries in preschool children, and in particular focuses on evidence for the prevention of poisoning, burns and scalds, and drowning in this age group.

2009 DHB Determinants of Child and Youth Health Reports

The 2009 Determinants of Child and Youth Health Report focuses on the underling determinants of health for children and young people. Issues covered include child poverty and living standards, the number of children reliant on benefit recipients, unemployment rates and the number of young people reliant on benefits, a range of educational participation and attainment indicators, tobacco use during pregnancy, youth smoking and children and young people’s access to mental health services. In addition, two topics were selected by DHBs for more in-depth review during 2009. They were:

  1. The Effectiveness of Early Intervention Programs for Socially Vulnerable Children
  2. Shifting Services from Secondary to Primary Care

2010 DHB Children and Young People with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities Reports

The 2010 Health of Children and Young People with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities Report reviews a range of hospital admission and mortality data, with a view to identifying the number of children and young people with chronic conditions and disabilities accessing health services in each DHB. Issues reviewed include autism, developmental delays and intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, epilepsy, and babies with congenital anomalies evident at birth (including cardiovascular anomalies, Down Syndrome and neural tube defects). National survey data on overweight and obesity, and nutrition and physical activity in children is also reviewed. The Children’s Social Health Monitor is also updated, with a view to assessing how children in different regions are faring during the current economic downturn.  In addition, two topics were selected by DHBs for more in-depth review during 2010. They were:

  1. Disability, Disability Support Services and Transitions to Adult Care
  2. Models of Care for Medically Fragile Children

NZCYES Child and Youth Health Network Wiki

This wiki has been created to facilitate the sharing of information and ideas arising out of NZCYES workshops and reports. Workshop delegates can log in here.

 

 

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