Insight for 25 March 2012 ( 27′ 59″ )
Teresa Cowie revisits six babies in the long term study Growing Up in NZ as the second round of information is released
As tough welfare reforms are rolled out and the government wades through thousands of submissions on tackling child abuse, there is renewed determination to know why so many families go wrong.
To understand how government policy and families should be working together, Auckland University's 21-year study following 7,000 babies and their families, has released more research, this time looking at the first nine months of their lives.
One year on from meeting six of those babies, Teresa Cowie has returned to find out how their lives are taking shape so far.
Photograph on left by Red Photography.
You can listen to the first Insight on research from the Growing Up in
NZ study here:
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8:12 am Sunday 5 April: Insight: Demands for Elective Surgery
Christchurch surgeon, Philip Bagshaw, in operating room at the city's charity hospital Photo: RNZ / Karen Brown
More than 165 thousand New Zealanders had non-urgent or elective surgery last year -- 60 per cent more than in 2003.
They were the ones who got through the complex and poorly understood system for choosing which patients are most in need of non-acute hip or knee replacement surgery, or treatment for hernias, varicose veins or cataracts.
Many others failed to make it onto public hospital waiting lists for surgery but were returned to the care of their family doctor to wait and hope for a better outcome in six months' time, or later.
No one knows how big this group representing so-called unmet need is, but surgeons say it's rising as the population grows and ages.
Radio New Zealand's Health Correspondent, Karen Brown, has been exploring what, if any, changes are needed.