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7.0 - Rate per 1000 Otara Residents Whose Dwellings are Making Them Sick Enough to be Admitted to Hospital


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Story Behind the Curve

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.

  • Thriving Otara Hui#1, 29 September 2016 (5 Hrs)
  • Thriving Otara Hui#2, 04 November 2016 (2 Hrs)
  • Thriving Otara Hui#3, 09 December 2016 (2 Hrs)
  • Thriving Otara Hui#4, 26 January 2017 (2 Hrs)
  • Thriving Otara Hui#5, 23 February 2017 (2 Hrs)
  • Thriving Otara Hui#5, 23 March 2017 (2 Hrs)

What's helping to reduce housing related hospital admissions:

  • accessible quality social housing – provides a more stable affordable and safe environment
  • primary and secondary health care and social care providers
  • immunisation programmes at the right time
  • early intervention programmes - sore throat clinics in the schools/ skin infections

What's hindering progress on reducing housing related hospital admissions:

  • inadequate housing is providing an environment where more communicable diseases are thriving and are more easily transmitted
  • the income/benefit support is not sufficient enough to help people out of poverty, and is just enough to hold them in their current environment
  • families are too scared to risk losing their current poor quality accommodation by seeking help, they fear for those who are helping them by overcrowding their homes may suffer threat of eviction if found out.
  • unstable or nil employment are preventing families from obtaining better quality accommodation suitable to their needs
  • poor health and financial literacy levels among parents and adults
  • poor food options or access to nutritious foods

Contact Name and RoleContribution This Organisation or Person Offers
BanardosArdie KairuaEducation, advocacy
Public Health NurseFirst contact through school, educating families through school
Strengthening Families LMGAdvocacy through monthly hui and feedback to MSD/HNZ
Auckland Council /Local BoardsAssist with housing supply and quality of new builds
HNZCAne FaigaProvide safe housing, support tenant relationships
Local Member of ParliamentAdvocate for legislative change, advocacy with agencies, advocacy for constituents, champion in public and media to highlight issue and change views
Social Workers
Youth Education/knowledge of themselves
Supporting Families in Mental IllnessOlivia
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Changes We've Made To This Scorecard

DateHui#Changes Made
By Who
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
John Coffey
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