Indigenous child health in New Zealand: Some surgical issues
Article first published online: 20 SEP 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2010 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Special Issue: Special Indigenous Health Issue
Volume 46, Issue 9, pages 466–470, September 2010
How to Cite
Koea, J. B. and Beban, G. R. (2010), Indigenous child health in New Zealand: Some surgical issues. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 46: 466–470. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01852.x
- Issue published online: 20 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 20 SEP 2010
- Accepted for publication 16 February 2010.
- international child health;
New Zealand Maori make up nearly 15% of the population of New Zealand, and their population has increased significantly in the last 20 years. Because of this, the average age of Maori is only 22.7 years with 35% of Maori aged 15 years or less. In spite of this youthful profile, the Maori population has high health needs with trauma, ear disease, respiratory disease and infectious diseases as significant causes of hospitalisation and death. The role of surgery in the management of three potentially preventable but significant health issues affecting Maori children – trauma, cutaneous sepsis (cellulitis and superficial abscess) and obesity – is reviewed.