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Statistical Resources: Health Statistics

Sources for locating statistical series about countries, economic and social topics

The New Zealand Official Yearbook

This is a good place to start in your search for New Zealand statistics. The section on Health and Safety includes tables and graphs and basic numbers embedded in commentaries on the various aspects of health. Topics covered vary from year to year - this is a rich source of information about all aspects of New Zealand society.

Yearbooks from 1893-2012 can be found online.

International statistics

Eldis Links to sources of information on developing countries. Includes over 30,000 summaries on topics such as health, health systems, gender, and agriculture and food. US Dept of Health and Human Services.

HealthMap Useful to monitor disease outbreaks worldwide. Includes mobile app, 'Outbreaks Near Me'.

OECD iLibrary Contains statistics from OECD, includs health statistics

UC Atlas of Global Inequality (University of California Santa Cruz)

UNICEF statistics The UN agency responsible for monitoring the situation of women and children. Statistics available for individual countries, customized tables comparing countries can also be created.

WHO data and statistics 

WHO Global Health Observatory (GHO)

New Zealand statistics

NZ Health Statistics
A quick way to locate data and statistics produced by the Ministry of Health and wider health sector in New Zealand. Information on:

  • national collections and surveys
  • publications
  • a classification and terminology section
  • information regarding access and use of data and statistics from the Ministry's collections


Statistics New Zealand
Statistics New Zealand also collects and publishes health statistics. You can either enter your subject in the search box on their home page or browse under the link for People where there is a section for Health.