Latest publications / Sector: Health

Transforming lives and saving money

A report to Kidney Health NZ. Read more

Hidden in plain sight: Optimising the role of acupuncture in the future health and disability system

Allied Health Aotearoa New Zealand (AHANZ) commissioned NZIER to examine the evidence and identify the critical changes that are key to designing a system with fully integrated allied health services aligned with the objectives of the health and disability system reforms. Read more

Wellbeing and productivity at work

A report for Xero. Read more

The retail employment and tax costs of Class 4 gambling in New Zealand

NZIER’s report shows that Class 4 gambling expenditure could generate over $445m additional retail industry sales per annum, resulting in an extra 1,127 full-time equivalent jobs. Given that Class 4 gambling machines are concentrated in high deprivation areas, this preliminary analysi … Read more

The social and economic costs of stroke in New Zealand : 2020 update

Stroke continues to be a significant contributor to the burden of disease, particularly for Māori and Pacific people. The economic and social costs of stroke can be reduced with cost-effective interventions, but access continues to be a challenge. Read more

Better outcomes through increased access to physiotherapy

This report considers the opportunity of greater use of physiotherapy to contribute to better health and economic outcomes for those with low pain back pain, stroke, and osteoarthritis. These three conditions were selected as leading examples of the potential that physiotherapy could … Read more

A new generation medicines policy : Improved access and equity for New Zealanders

NZIER produced a discussion paper for Medicines New Zealand in order to look at what kinds of leadership, funding, services, workforce and technologies are needed to support optimal use of medicines for better health outcomes for New Zealanders. Read more

The value of clinical research with modern medicines in New Zealand : Economic contribution and wide-ranging benefits

A report for Medicines New Zealand. Read more

NZ's cannabis referendum 2020: Some facts and recommendations about the process of cannabis legalisation

A referendum this year will ask the public whether they support legalising the use of cannabis, accompanied by regulation, education and taxation. We recommended a similar approach in 2016, after concluding that prohibition of cannabis in New Zealand has been an expensive and failed a … Read more

Pandemic uncertainty: NZIER points to key planning issues - NZIER Inisght 85

New Zealand is approaching the end of the planned four-week lockdown which has brought about significant economic losses and, it appears, significant benefits in the form of lives saved. As the country now looks toward a relaxing of the COVID-19 Alert level and an uncertain future, we … Read more

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