Reconsidering the role of a local Diabetes Society: patterns of membership in Christchurch, New Zealand
Article first published online: 26 SEP 2007
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 30, Issue 3, pages 275–278, June 2006
How to Cite
Barnett, R., Barnett, P., Pearce, J. and Howes, P. (2006), Reconsidering the role of a local Diabetes Society: patterns of membership in Christchurch, New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 30: 275–278. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2006.tb00870.x
- Issue published online: 26 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 26 SEP 2007
- Revision requested: September 2005 Accepted: March 2006
Objective: To investigate patterns of membership and barriers to service use in the Christchurch Diabetes Society.
Methods: A socio-economic profile of the Christchurch Diabetes Society's membership was constructed by examining the residential locations of society members in Christchurch City. Rates of membership by deprivation decile were calculated by comparing the membership data to the population of people diagnosed with diabetes.
Results: Persons living in deprived areas, in particular Maori and Pacific people, are under-represented in society membership. However, there is evidence that the relationship between ethnicity and membership rates is stronger in more deprived areas.
Conclusions: This study provides further insights in understanding barriers to care and the role of NGOs. Given that groups in the community most likely to be affected by diabetes are least likely to be members of the society and to have access to the society's services, the results raise questions about the most appropriate role for local diabetes societies within a decentralised health system.