New report on Pacific health in Aotearoa/New Zealand

6 months ago
By: Daphne Atkinson

A new report, Bula Sautu – A window on quality 2021: Pacific health in the year of COVID-19paints a stark picture of the health care challenges faced by Pacific peoples in New Zealand and calls for ambitious changes to the system to be made urgently.

The report is the latest in a series of ‘window’ publications from the Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission). It considers the health of Pacific peoples and provides a snapshot view of how the health system is working (or not working) for them. Some examples of inequities include:

  • Pacific peoples live, on average, six fewer years than non-Māori non-Pacific.
  • Less than half (47 percent) of pregnant Pacific women were registered with a lead maternity carer (LMC) in 2018, compared with 81 percent of non-Māori, non-Pacific women.
  • Pacific women subsequently experience more complications during pregnancy, more intensive interventions during and after birth, and worse outcomes for both mother and baby than other ethnicities.

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Downloadable attachment below for the full report