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About NZCYES

Establishment:

The New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES) 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. It has been hosted by the University of Otago since March 2009. The NZCYES is one of three research groups contributing to the Child Youth Policy Research Support Service (CYPRSS).

The following paper outlines the development and first ten years of the NZCYES.

Craig E, Baker N, Baxter J, Jackson C, NZCYES Steering Committee. Creating a Child and Youth Health Monitoring Framework to Inform Health Sector Prioritisation and Planning: Reflections on Ten Years Experience in New Zealand. Child Indicators Research. 2016:1-21. DOI 10.1007/s12187-015-9357-8

What we do:

The NZCYES is currently contracted by the majority of District Health Boards to provide annual child and youth health reports to New Zealand's DHBs, using a monitoring framework developed following consultation with the health sector in 2006-2007. It is also contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide information on the health of Māori and Pacific children and young people in New Zealand, as well as a national report on the health of children and young people in New Zealand.

Outside of these contracts, the NZCYES works in collaboration with other organisations on the Child Poverty Monitor, a suite of indicators to monitor the impact of the current economic downturn on child wellbeing.