Information here has come from Comprehensive Care’s General Practices, census data, local authorities and community groups.

Comprehensive Care operates across the Rodney, Waitakere, Albany and North Shore wards of Auckland Council, serving people and practices in rural and urban locations.

Population trends
Continued migration into New Zealand has resulted in a general increase in the population with the main increase being felt particularly in urban centres. This population rise has been most significant in Auckland.

We work closely with the Waitemata District Health Board (DHB), which is one of 20 DHBs in New Zealand and one of 3 in the Auckland region. The Waitemata DHB region encompasses a population of 582,765 (2015/16): about two fifths of Auckland’s population; and about an eighth of the total New Zealand population.

Visit WDHB’s population health profile for 2015.

The Rodney area in the north has a large and widely distributed population, although compared to other rural regions in New Zealand is unique because of its close proximity to urban Auckland.

The rest of the region’s population is concentrated around the old business regions, largely urban with considerable industrial and commercial activity.

Changes in the population can mean health needs and disease prevalence change, and service provision and utilisation may need to change.

Age and gender
Our region has a higher than national average adult population (aged 25 to 64 years) and a significantly higher older (aged 65 years and older) population. For that reason, a higher proportion of our region’s population is female.

Our region is highly multicultural, with over 116 ethnic groups identified in our enrolled population.

The proportion of Māori and Pacific Island people enrolled with Comprehensive Care is low compared with national figures, although consistent with our region’s ethnic profile.

The largest ethnic group in our region is European. The Asian population percentage is significantly larger than that in the New Zealand population as a whole.

Socio–economic status
Our region’s population is represented across the socio–economic spectrum. A large proportion of the population are comparatively well off. A significant proportion are less well off, in income quintiles 4 and 5, and more likely to be Māori, Pacific and new migrants, including refugees.