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Measuring deprivation in the Otago region

  • 02 Apr 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Alexander McMillan Room Dunedin Community House 301 Moray Place Dunedin Central

A presentation series by CPAG & Associate Professor Dan Exeter and co-hosted by PHA Otago Southland branch with guest speaker  Jordana Whyte from Cosy Homes

The New Zealand Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) is a set of tools for identifying
concentrations of deprivation in New Zealand. It measures deprivation at the
neighbourhood-level in data zones custom-designed to produce better small area
information without losing their contents to suppression or confidentiality. The IMD
comprises 28 indicators grouped into seven domains of deprivation: Employment,
Income, Crime, Housing, Health, Education and Access to services, which may be
used individually or in combination to explore the geography of deprivation and its
association with a given health or social outcome. Associate Professor Dan Exeter,
who co-developed the IMD, will discuss its development, how it compares to NZDep,
and demonstrate the different ways in which the IMD and its domains can be used to
better understand the drivers of deprivation within the Dunedin area. Dan will also discuss the potential for the IMD to inform health and social policy.


Associate Professor Dan Exeter

Dan Exeter is an Associate Professor based in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at
the School of Population Health, University of Auckland. He is a quantitative health
geographer and has a background in Geographical Information Systems and spatial
analysis. Dan’s research uses large datasets, such as the census or routine health

databases, to identify the occurrence of or potential solutions to, inequalities in health.

Guest Speaker Jordana Whyte

Jordana Whyte is the Project Manager for the Cosy Homes Trust, the coordinating agency for healthy homes
work across Otago. She will offer some local context around the challenges of fuel/energy poverty in our
region, and how unhealthy housing helps perpetuate a cycle of poverty.

Free, RSVP as space is limited. Light snacks and non-alcoholic drinks provided.

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