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People's physical and mental health is protected. Living and working environments are safe, and everyone has access to health care. Every opportunity is taken to recognise and encourage good health.

What is Healthy Community?

Good health is vital to well-being. Without good health, people are less able to enjoy their lives to the extent they might desire, their options may be limited and their general levels of quality of life and happiness may be reduced. Without good health and the ability to access healthcare, people are less able to actively participate in and contribute to the economic, social and cultural life of the region.

Healthy community is made up of 11 indicators that were selected to measure progress towards the healthy outcome definition (defined above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2018 period) is provided via the menu below. The index that measures change in the healthy community index (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.

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Healthy community, 2001-2018

What this means

Despite declining during the first eight years of the time series, the level the healthy community index reached in 2018, this is an increase of 4.6% compared to the 2001 result.

Did you know?

The GPI counts crime, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, natural resource depletion and soil loss, as costs, not gains, to the economy.

11 Indicators are being used to track Healthy Community in the Wellington region

Click on each indicator below to access further information

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Access to primary health care

Why is this indicator important?

General Practitioners (GPs) are part of the front line of primary health care provision. Accessibility to a GP is important in both treatment and prevention of poor health, and in reducing the rate of hospitalisation. The definition of FTE (full time equivalent) is the number of working hours that represents one full-time employee during a fixed time period, such as a year. One FTE is equivalent to one employee working full-time.

FTEs for GPs per 100,000 people, 2001-2018


  • In 2018, there were 380 full time equivalent (FTE) GPs in the Wellington region, a rate of 74.9 per 100,000 people. This compares to a rate of 74.0 for all of New Zealand.
  • Over the last few years the number of GPs in the Wellington region per 100,000 people has decreased and below the high rate of 89.7 observed in 2001.



Access to primary health care

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The number of FTEs for GPs at all work sites expressed as a rate per 100,000 people.

Data Source

Medical Council of New Zealand: Workforce Survey

Last updated April 2020

Data available to 2018.  Indicators are updated in April and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

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