5 September 2014
The New Zealand College of Public
Health Medicine (NZCPHM) is urging the new Government to develop a
national cross-sector child poverty strategy.
College president, Dr Julia Peters, says this strategy should be
embedded in legislation and should include comprehensive
monitoring, measurable targets, increased investment in children,
healthy and affordable housing, free, high quality maternity and
child services, good quality nutrition in schools, and provision of
high quality early childhood education.
"Poverty is an overwhelming and pervasive factor in preventable
diseases, injuries, disability, and death for children in NZ,
particularly Māori and Pacific children," Dr Peters said.
"While some gains have been made - for example, higher, fairer
immunization rates and more affordable primary care - much more
still needs to be done."
Dr Peters said the College's new Child Poverty and Health Policy
Statement supports the paper recently released by the
Office of the Children's Commissioner entitled, 'Choose kids: Why
investing in children benefits all New Zealanders'.
She says urgent investment will return real dividends for
children and for our society as a whole.
"This is not only socially just, but it is a good investment in
terms of the long-term returns on the health and wellbeing of the
"Child health and wellbeing is a key issue for New Zealand.
There is mass recognition that NZ children compare poorly
with other developed countries on a range of child health
For more information contact Dr Julia Peters, NZCPHM
President: 021 800 418