The rate of housing related hospital admissions can serve as an indicator of the quality of housing that society offers for low income families to live in. High admission rates often mean families are living in seriously inadequate and sometimes overcrowded homes are experiencing illness from this. It might also be an indicator that the primary health care services are not being accessed early or a not linking patients to social service providers. There are many factors that influence this indicator.
The data values reported form the baseline for this indicator and are sourced from (Bede Oulaghan - Data Analyst) Counties Manukau Health.
The qualitative story behind the baseline is sourced from Group Think through the following hui.
What's helping to reduce housing related hospital admissions:
What's hindering progress on reducing housing related hospital admissions:
|Contact Name and Role||Contribution This Organisation or Person Offers|
|Banardos||Ardie Kairua||Education, advocacy|
|Public Health Nurse||First contact through school, educating families through school|
|Strengthening Families LMG||Advocacy through monthly hui and feedback to MSD/HNZ|
|Auckland Council /Local Boards||Assist with housing supply and quality of new builds|
|HNZC||Ane Faiga||Provide safe housing, support tenant relationships|
|Local Member of Parliament||Advocate for legislative change, advocacy with agencies, advocacy for constituents, champion in public and media to highlight issue and change views|
|Youth||Education/knowledge of themselves|
|Supporting Families in Mental Illness||Olivia|
|Date||Hui#||Changes Made||By Who|
|20/03/2017||Changed indicator title -|
From: % Otara Residents Whose Dwellings are Making Them Sick Enough to be Admitted to Hospital
To: Rate per 1000 Otara Residents Whose Dwellings are Making Them Sick Enough to be Admitted to Hospital
This change (to be ratified) in rate was made because the when reflected as a percentage the values are quite low. It should be acknowledged however that it is likely the hospital admission rate is only the tip of the iceberg and a small reflection of what's going on underneath. A small shift toward improvement shown at the tip, might in fact indicate a significant change occurring below. But only if the systemic contributing factors are targeted, and not just a regime of focusing on those individual whanau at the tip is undertaken