Topical health issues in New Zealand: Findings from the New Zealand attitudes and values study Event as iCalendar

(Compass, Psychology, School of Social Sciences)

29 March 2019

1 - 2pm

Venue: Room 107, Pacific Studies Building (273-107)

Location: 20 Wynyard Street

Carol Lee | University of Auckland

Vaccine hesitancy and antibiotic resistance are two major public health concerns. There is also continuous debate surrounding the legalisation of euthanasia. However, population attitudes towards these topical health issues are under-studied in New Zealand. To fill this gap in research, we use data from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study to investigate the:

  1. Level of support for euthanasia, vaccinations, and feelings of entitlement to antibiotics among the general population.
  2. Demographic and personality correlates of New Zealanders' health attitudes.
  3. Degree of vaccine confidence among different classes of health professionals.

Our findings increase insight into New Zealanders' perception of various health issues and identify important group differences in health attitudes. 

Carol Lee is a PhD student in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. Her research focuses on inequalities in health and New Zealanders' attitudes towards various health issues.