Online health research tool launched

The Centre for Public Health Research has launched a website to allow health workers, academics and the public to access health data such as causes of death, notifiable diseases, demographics and environmental health indicators.

The website also contains reports comparing health statistics in different regions and how health indicators within each region have changed over time.

The website is a collaboration between the centre and the Ministry of Health’s Maori Health Directorate, which display’s public health data from a Maori perspective, and the University of Otago’s Te Ropu Rangahau Hauora A Eru Pomare.

The centre is part of Massey’s School of Public Health. “We think it’s a great tool for making data more easily accessible to a wide range of people with an interest in health,” Associate Professor Barry Borman says. A feature of the website is a "double map", which allows two sets of data within the same health category to be compared.

“Data on the reports allows trends to be tracked over time," Dr Borman says. "For example, rate of meningococcal disease prior to and following the introduction of the vaccination programme, or new Quitline contacts following the hiking of the tobacco tax."

The centre welcomes public inquiries and is happy to discuss hosting data from other government departments and organisations on the website. The website is here: http://cphronline.massey.ac.nz

For further information contact Professor Barry Borman +64 4 801 5799 x 62180

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