Respiratory infections in Tamariki (children) and Taitamariki (young people) Māori, New Zealand
Version of Record 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 521–526, September 2010
How to Cite
Byrnes, C. A. and Trenholme, A. (2010), Respiratory infections in Tamariki (children) and Taitamariki (young people) Māori, New Zealand. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 46: 521–526. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01853.x
- Issue online: 20 SEP 2010
- Version of Record online: 20 SEP 2010
- Accepted for publication 4 March 2010.
- general paediatrics;
- Indigenous population;
The Māori population is young, with 53% aged less than 25 years and with a higher prevalence of both acute (bronchiolitis, pneumonia, pertussis, tuberculosis) and chronic (bronchiectasis) respiratory tract infections than non-Māori. Environmental, economic and poorer access to health promotion programmes and health care rather than specific or genetic underlying disorders appear to contribute to this burden. While new initiatives are needed, we can do better with current public health programmes and building on regional initiatives that have already proven successful.