Be counted this Census  

Wanaka. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

Southern District Health Board is reminding everyone to stand up and be counted in the upcoming census being held tomorrow (March 6).

Southern DHB CEO Chris Fleming said it has particular relevance for the Southern health region because of the way health funding is allocated on a population-based model.

“Having a sparse population spread over a large area is among our biggest lifestyle attractions but it also puts a lot of strain on the health budget.

“We need everyone in Otago and Southland to complete their census form so we can stake a claim for every dollar we are entitled to,” Chris said.

“Hot-spots such as Queenstown and Wanaka bring their own health service challenges and it is vital that people in these areas of rapid population growth record their presence to accurately reflect the rising demand for health services.”

He urged people to spread the word and encourage family and whanau to fill out their census forms.

“We are a unique region and need everybody to do their bit. An accurate head-count will help future planning to ensure everyone gets the health services they need.”

This year’s census will be online-based with online access codes sent to every New Zealand household. Paper forms will still be available for those who prefer them.

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