School of Population Health

Deprivation and Health Geography within NZ

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Research into deprivation and health geography is essential to understanding service quality and the degree of disparities across population groups in New Zealand.


Deprivation is defined as a lack of the types of diet, clothing, housing and environmental, educational, working and social conditions, activities and facilities which are customary. There is a strong relationship between deprivation and health outcomes.

Where we are born, live, study and work directly influences our health experiences. Health Geography includes themes such as health inequalities and how social and physical environments shape human health.