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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.

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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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Avoidable deaths

Why is this indicator important?

The mortality rate from causes which can be prevented by (are ‘amenable to’) health care intervention is measured as the number of deaths potentially avoidable through medical treatment. It is a proxy measure for the effectiveness of the health system. These mortality rates are affected by socioeconomic conditions and personal variables.

Amenable mortality rate per 100,000 people, 2001-2015


  • In 2015, the Wellington region had a mortality rate from causes amenable to intervention of 80 per 100,000 people. This is lower than the New Zealand rate of 91 per 100,000 people.
  • The mortality rate from causes amenable to intervention in the Wellington region has been consistently below the New Zealand rate since 2010.

Avoidable deaths

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The number of deaths which could have potentially been avoided through population-based interventions such as health promotion as well as those responsive to preventative and curative interventions at an individual level expressed as a rate per 1,000 people.

Data Source

Customised request from Ministry of Health

Last updated April 2019

Data available only to 2015. Rates are age-standardised.

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

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