A helping hand for highest attainable health

Publication date: 2 February 2015

This resource looks at the health of disabled people in New Zealand. It suggests ways to improve disabled people's health status. It provides links to more resources for disabled people, the disability workforce and health workers.

Article 25 of the United Nations convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities confers the right to “the highest attainable state of health.” Recent studies indicate that disabled people, particularly those with intellectual disability, often have poorer health status and lower life expectancy than the general population. 

While there are multiple reasons for these inequities, some genetic factors, poorer access to and the quality of primary care are also contributors.