Health Reports

Since 2011 the South Island Child Health Alliance has commissioned the New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service at the University of Otago to undertake annual reports on various aspects of child health in the South Island.

Former chair of the Child Health Service Level Alliance Dr David Barker said the reports provide evidence to support decisions about new programmes and initiatives. “This is baseline data on the overall picture of child and youth health in our region.  It is a strong foundation which we can use to help identify areas that need intervention and help guide us as we shape services.  It is also invaluable as a reference for further analysis.”

While taking an overview snapshot of the situation, each report also has several ‘in-depth topics’ investigating particular issues such as models of primary care or mental health, that were identified as areas that further work can be done. “These are weighty reports, but they are an amazing resource as we work to improve our services.  I encourage people to use and refer to them, so that as we move forward as a region, decisions are based on data and evidence.”

For ease of finding information, the reports have been divided into chapters. Just click on the link below, then select what topic you would like to view.


Health and wellbeing of under-five year olds in the South Island 2017


Health of children and young people with chronic conditions and disabilities in the South Island 2016


The First 1000 Days: A South Island Report

This report was prepared for the Hauora Alliance, a cross-sector partnership working to address South Island hauora from a population perspective and sets out to provide information to inform inter-sectoral planning, action and monitoring to enable the best start in life for every child in the South Island. Highlighted are the opportunities for inter-sectoral action by addressing gaps in leadership, accountability and monitoring; improving access to or engagement with existing services; improving co-ordination and integration of existing services, and addressing gaps and inequalities.

Using the Te Pae Mahutonga Framework, the report outlines the existing services available for whānau over the First 1000 days and provides key actions to improve outcomes for every South Island Child. The report was published in September 2018 and developed by Community and Public Health (Canterbury DHB) with the South Island Public Health Partnership as part of the Partnership’s contribution to the Hauora Alliance. The report includes a summary document, comprehensive report and appendices (links below).

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