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  WORSENING TREND

According to survey results, perceived  levels of overall health for people living in the Waikato region declined over the period 2006 to 2018.

This indicator is people’s self-rated general health status in the Waikato region according to the Quality of Life Survey results.

Why is this indicator important?

Self-reported health status is a key measure of subjective wellbeing and has been found to be linked to actual health outcomes. Measuring people’s perceptions of their health provides us with useful information which can be included with other measures to help us to plan for current and future support systems and other resources in our region.

Perceived health

Bar chart of perceived health

Year Per cent with good, very good or excellent health
2006 90
2016 84
2018 79

What is this indicator telling us? 

  • Compared to 2006, Waikato regional survey respondents in 2018 were less likely to rate their overall health positively (79% in 2016 compared to 90% in 2006).
  • Across the Waikato region in 2018:
    • The percentage of people who rated their overall health positively ranged from 69% for Hauraki district respondents up to 91% for Waitomo district respondents.
    • In terms of statistically significant differences within the survey sample, Thames-Coromandel (81%) and Rotorua district (87%) respondents were the most likely to rate their overall health positively.
    • Respondents aged 65 plus were less likely to rate their overall health positively (72% compared to 79%)
    • Female respondents were more likely to agree that their overall health is very good or excellent (46%); and male respondents were less likely to agree that their overall health is very good or excellent (39%)
    • Respondents who identified with the New Zealand European/ Other ethnic group were more likely to rate their overall health positively (83%); and respondents who identified with the Māori ethnic group were less likely to rate their overall health positively (65%).
  • According to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) statistics, when asked ‘How is your health in general?’, 88% of people in New Zealand reported to be in good health, much more than the OECD average of 69% and one of the highest scores across the OECD.

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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION

Indicator is the percentage of respondents who report their self-rated general health status to be good, very good or excellent. Data are from the Quality of Life Survey.

Update details: Waikato regional results are available for 2006, 2016 and 2018.

Customised data request requirements: Quality of Life data.

DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:

Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Yes

Other regions: Yes

New ZealandNo (but a seven cities average is available) 

Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): secondary statistics from OECD Wellbeing Report: Health – Key findings.