The New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES) is a research unit within the Department of Women's and Children's Health at the Dunedin School of Medicine. It was established by the Paediatric Society of New Zealand in 2004 in response to the perceived need for a single national entity to select, collate and disseminate timely and accurate information on the health of children and young people in New Zealand. The NZCYES has been based at the University of Otago since March 2009.

The aims of the New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service are to:

  • Provide the New Zealand health sector with up to date and accurate information of the health of children and young people.
  • Highlight areas where there are disparities in child and youth health, or where inequities in service provision mean that children and young people are not reaching their full potential.
  • Contribute to the evidence base for policy development in child and youth health.
  • Share the Service's expertise with routinely collected data, with other researchers interested in improving the wellbeing of children and young people.

For further information please visit the New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES)

Recent Deposits

  • Child Poverty Monitor 2020: Technical Report 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Richardson, Georgia; Oben, Glenda; Wicken, Andrew; van Asten, Hedwig; Adams, Judith
    Whakatōngia te kākano aroha i roto i ā tātou taitamariki kia puāwai i roto i tō rātou tupuranga aranui oranga ‘Plant the seed of love in our children and they will blossom, grow and journey towards the greatest pathway ...
  • The treatment of obesity in children and adolescents 

    Adams, Judith
    The main reason why the rising prevalence of childhood obesity is an important public health issue is that obese children are likely to become obese adults at high risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease and ...
  • Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health 

    Adams, Judith
    Having sex for the first time is a major milestone in life that almost everyone reaches. In New Zealand, around 37% of secondary school students have had sex by the age of 16 years and around 46% by the age of 17 or more.1 ...
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder 

    Adams, Judith
    There is substantial evidence from both observational studies of humans, and experimental studies in animals, that fetal alcohol exposure can cause physical malformations, growth retardation and brain damage.1-5 Alcohol ...
  • Factors that influence inequity of oral health in New Zealand and what we can do about them 

    Beckett, Deanna M; Meldrum, Alison M
    Dental caries has been identified by the New Zealand (NZ) Ministry of Health (MoH) as the country’s most prevalent chronic disease.1 Dental diseases of the oral cavity include, but are not limited to, dental caries, ...
  • Making health easier: Reducing inequalities in child health through addressing low health literacy 

    Adams, Judith
    Keeping their children healthy and safe is one of the most important responsibilities parents and caregivers have. It requires knowledge and skills that are acquired in a number of ways: from families and friends, through ...
  • The determinants and consequences of overweight and obesity 

    Adams, Judith
    According to the World Health Organization, childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.1 Over the past thirty to forty years there has been a marked increase in the prevalence ...
  • Child Poverty Monitor 2019: Technical Report 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Richardson, Georgia; Oben, Glenda; Wicken, Andrew; Adams, Judith
    Children in Aotearoa New Zealand should be supported to live lives in which there are resources available for them to thrive, where they are experiencing wellbeing and opportunities to work towards fulfilling their potential, ...
  • Health and wellbeing of under-15 year olds in Aotearoa 2018 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Oben, Glenda; Adams, Judith; Richardson, Georgia; Wicken, Andrew; Pierson, Melanie
    This report is released at a time of renewed focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Aotearoa. In April 2019 Stats NZ released the first round of child poverty statistics using a revised and more ...
  • Health and wellbeing of under-15 year olds in the South Island 2018 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Oben, Glenda; Adams, Judith; Richardson, Georgia; Wicken, Andrew; Pierson, Melanie
    This report is released at a time of renewed focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Aotearoa. In April 2019 StatsNZ released the first round of child poverty statistics using a revised and more ...
  • Health and wellbeing of under-15 year olds in the Southern District Health Board 2018 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Oben, Glenda; Adams, Judith; Richardson, Georgia; Wicken, Andrew; Pierson, Melanie
    This report is released at a time of renewed focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Aotearoa. In April 2019 StatsNZ released the first round of child poverty statistics using a revised and more ...
  • Health and wellbeing of under-15 year olds in Canterbury and West Coast 2018 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Oben, Glenda; Adams, Judith; Richardson, Georgia; Wicken, Andrew; Pierson, Melanie
    This report is released at a time of renewed focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Aotearoa. In April 2019 StatsNZ released the first round of child poverty statistics using a revised and more ...
  • Health and wellbeing of under-15 year olds in Nelson Marlborough and South Canterbury 2018 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Oben, Glenda; Adams, Judith; Richardson, Georgia; Wicken, Andrew; Pierson, Melanie
    This report is released at a time of renewed focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Aotearoa. In April 2019 StatsNZ released the first round of child poverty statistics using a revised and more ...
  • Health and wellbeing of under-15 year olds in Hutt Valley, Capital & Coast and Wairarapa 2018 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Oben, Glenda; Adams, Judith; Richardson, Georgia; Wicken, Andrew; Pierson, Melanie
    This report is released at a time of renewed focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Aotearoa. In April 2019 StatsNZ released the first round of child poverty statistics using a revised and more ...
  • Health and wellbeing of under-15 year olds in MidCentral and Whanganui 2018 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Oben, Glenda; Adams, Judith; Richardson, Georgia; Wicken, Andrew; Pierson, Melanie
    This report is released at a time of renewed focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Aotearoa. In April 2019 StatsNZ released the first round of child poverty statistics using a revised and more ...
  • Health and wellbeing of under-15 year olds in Hawke’s Bay 2018 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Oben, Glenda; Adams, Judith; Richardson, Georgia; Wicken, Andrew; Pierson, Melanie
    This report is released at a time of renewed focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Aotearoa. In April 2019 StatsNZ released the first round of child poverty statistics using a revised and more ...
  • Health and wellbeing of under-15 year olds in the Midland region 2018 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Oben, Glenda; Adams, Judith; Richardson, Georgia; Wicken, Andrew; Pierson, Melanie
    This report is released at a time of renewed focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Aotearoa. In April 2019 StatsNZ released the first round of child poverty statistics using a revised and more ...
  • Health and wellbeing of under-15 year olds in the Northern region 2018 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Oben, Glenda; Adams, Judith; Richardson, Georgia; Wicken, Andrew; Pierson, Melanie
    This report is released at a time of renewed focus on the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Aotearoa. In April 2019 StatsNZ released the first round of child poverty statistics using a revised and more ...
  • Health and wellbeing of under-five year olds in New Zealand 2017 

    Duncanson, Mavis; Oben, Glenda; Adams, Judith; Wicken, Andrew; Morris, Simon; Richardson, Georgia; McGee, Magnus A
    In this report the New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES) provides data and information to contribute to the effective planning and funding of services to improve, promote and protect the health and ...
  • Making health easier: Reducing inequalities in child health through addressing low health literacy 

    Adams, Judith
    Background: Low health literacy is a major contributor to disparities in child health outcomes between different population groups and a powerful mediator of the social determinants of health. This review aimed to identify ...

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