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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?

A GPI is an attempt to measure whether a nation’s or a region's growth, increased production of goods, and expanding services have actually resulted in the improvement of the well-being of the people in the region.

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 hospital admissions

Why is this indicator important?

Every year people are admitted to hospital with conditions that could have been treated in a community setting. Avoidable hospital admissions are a proxy for people’s access to, and the effectiveness of, primary health care services. The rate of avoidable hospital admissions is affected by socioeconomic conditions such as housing quality and income, personal variables such as age and ethnicity, and geographic factors such as location and access to affordable health care in the community. Avoidable admissions are also influenced by the quality of primary health care and links between GPs and hospitals.

Avoidable hospitalisation rate per 100,000 people, 2012-2018


  • The avoidable hospitalisation rate in the Wellington region was 3,592 per 100,000 people in 2018, similar to the New Zealand rate of 3,881 per 100,000 people.
  • The avoidable hospitalisation rate in the Wellington region and in New Zealand in 2018 have both dropped by a significant amount since 2012, 18% and 12% respectively.

Avoidable hospital admissions

Definition and data details

Indicator Definition

The number of hospital admissions which could have potentially been avoided by timely access to primary health care services or other ambulatory services such as outpatient services expressed as a rate per 100,000 people.

Data Source

Customised request from Ministry of Health

Last updated April 2019

Data points available only for 2012 to 2018. Indicators are updated in April and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.

The data provided on avoidable hospitalisations will undercount as the programme the Ministry of Health used to calculate rates did not include avoidable hospital admissions for conditions which are exclusively ‘population preventable’ including HIV/AIDS, oral and lung cancers, nutrition, and alcohol related diseases.

Rates are age-standardised.

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