There are more than 2.5 million people in New Zealand who identify as Indigenous, with the Indigenous population increasing by more than one-third in the last 10 years.
But the census provides a useful tool for local government to better understand how the data is used and what communities need to do to improve their services.
Indigenous people in the country are required to register their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identities and have access to health and education services.
That’s one reason why New Zealand is one of the most inclusive countries in the world when it comes to Indigenous populations.
For example, a 2014 census found that the proportion of people with access to public health services has risen from less than 10 per cent to over 70 per cent in the past 15 years.
“In many communities it is not easy for people to access health services and we are seeing that, especially amongst Indigenous communities, particularly those that are under-served, that they are more at risk of poverty and of not being able to access the basic health services that they need,” said Dr. Linda Ponsor, a member of the National Council for Health, Social Development and Mental Health.
Ponsors is a director with the New Zealand Council for Aboriginal and Indigenous Health.
“That’s why we do have to look at other ways of getting people into those services, particularly to ensure that they have the tools and the support to access those services.”
For example she said that in remote communities, people often live in remote locations that have limited access to the internet and are unable to access basic health care services.
The National Council of Health and Social Development has partnered with the government to develop a new Aboriginal and Disability Information Framework that includes the census.
It outlines the census’s key components and how the community is informed and empowered to access services and services.
It also outlines what services are available in remote and remote-influenced communities.
“A lot of people don’t know what the census means,” said Ponsore.
“We want people to understand it, so they can understand the implications of that information, so we can make decisions about where and how to provide services to their community.”
Ponsori said the census gives the community an opportunity to engage in discussions and build relationships.
“They can look at the data and say ‘What do I need to know?’
What can I do to support my community?,” she said.
“If they are in remote-in-remote areas, they are very vulnerable to these issues and what is going on with the community, so it is important to have this information in their minds.”
Ponsonby said it is a key component of Indigenous communities’ health and social services.
“This is what we do in a community, that is what makes us resilient, and we need to have a health and mental health service that supports people, that helps them make sense of the world around them, and it is about our well-being and not just our health,” she added.
“The census gives us a window into the realities of our lives and it allows us to understand what is happening in our community.”
The census is also used to create a national database, which will help local governments better understand and manage their health systems.
In 2016, there were 1,539,000 deaths in New South Wales and 1,081,000 in Victoria, which represented a 27.5 per cent increase.
The census also provides information about health disparities.
Ponsonor said that if a health service is not provided, it can impact a community’s well-beings and the wellbeing of the community.
“You can have a problem where people have a disease that they do not have access, or a disability that they don’t have access and you can have health problems that are not being addressed,” she explained.
Indigenous people are not only at risk for being overlooked by their health service providers but also being under-represented in the workforce. “
When you are a government agency, the census can help you understand what are the health and safety issues that are in your community and how that is affecting the community.”
Indigenous people are not only at risk for being overlooked by their health service providers but also being under-represented in the workforce.
Ponori said that a lack of support for Aboriginal women in the workplace can have negative impacts on the health of their children.
“Our health services are in our families, our kids, our women, and they are at risk, and when you have women who are not working in those fields, it has a big impact on the quality of their lives,” she continued.
“It can be detrimental to a family’s well being.”
Ponce said that the census also helps local governments to address the needs of Indigenous people and people in remote, remote-incumbent and rural communities.
He said that when local government takes a