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New Zealand ranks bottom of developed countries on youth mortality rates - thoughts from Dr David Maplesden, GP liaison

A sobering report from the Nuffield Trust compares UK performance on various youth health parameters with other countries of similar economic background, including New Zealand. 

Interesting reading. New Zealand had the greatest proportion of population in the 10-24 year age group out of the 19 nations compared. But rather bleak performance by New Zealand in terms of overall youth mortality (19th out of 19), and youth suicide rates (19th out of 19), and in terms of teenage pregnancy and asthma deaths (18th out of 19). 

These statistics are worth examining when considering the youth focus of practice development plans.  

View the document summary and commentary here.

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