In the year ending 30 June 2001, there were 20,550 public hospital discharges of Tauranga District residents17. Based on 2001 Census figures, this suggests Tauranga had more hospitalisations than the national average (226 discharges per 1,000 people, as opposed to 209 per 1,000 nationally).
In 2000/2001, the main reason for Tauranga residents to be in hospital was the same as nationally – “factors influencing health status, contact with health services”. This covers circumstances other than disease, injury or external causes, and includes people encountering health services for examination, investigation, specific procedures and health care.
Tauranga’s hospitalisation statistics reflected the age structure of the population. Some reasons for hospital discharges (eg diseases of the circulatory system) were more common in Tauranga than nationally, while others were less common (eg pregnancy and childbirth). Residents aged 65 years and over accounted for 35% of hospitalisations (28% nationally).
Source: New Zealand Health Information Service
In 2001, 2,840 Tauranga residents began mental health treatment within the public health system. Nineteen percent were Maori, a higher proportion than the 16% of the local population who identified as Maori in the 2001 Census.
Tauranga children under the age of 15 years made up a slightly higher proportion of new mental health clients in 2001 than the national average. Older people were also over-represented, reflecting their representation in the Tauranga population. Nine percent of new clients were 75 years and over, compared with 4% nationally.
As was the case across New Zealand, the largest proportion of clients (46%) was seen by the Community Team18 (43% nationwide). The Alcohol and Drug Team, and the Child, Adolescent and Family Team19 had the next largest workloads, seeing close to the national average of clients. The major difference from the national pattern was the higher proportion of new clients seen by Tauranga’s Psychogeriatric Team20: 9% of new clients, compared with just 4% nationally. The Kaupapa Maori Team21 also saw a higher proportion of new clients.
Life expectancy at birth for Tauranga males is 76.7 years (fractionally longer than the national average), while females can expect to live 82.5
17These statistics count all discharge events rather than individuals so if a person was discharged from hospital several times during the reference year, they will count more than once in the statistics.
18Community teams provide non-residential assessment and treatment services, including outpatient services.
19Child, Adolescent and Family Teams provide assessment and treatment services to people aged 0-19 years inclusive. This category includes inpatient, residential or community-based child, adolescent and family teams.
20Psychogeriatric teams provide assessment and treatment services to people aged 65 years and older with some flexibility based on the nature of the presenting problems. This category includes inpatient, residential or community-based psychogeriatric teams.
21Kaupapa Maori teams provide assessment and treatment services to people within a Maori kaupapa. This category includes inpatient, residential or community-based teams within a Maori kaupapa (including child, adolescent and family, youth specialty and psychogeriatric services).