Child Poverty Health Consequences




Health Research Council of New Zealand


Barry Milne (Principal Investigator) and Nichola Shackleton


University of Auckland: Andrew Sporle

University of Otago, Wellington: Amanda Kvalsvig, Michael Baker and Sheree Gibb

University of Melbourne: Rebecca Bentley and Tony Blakely


This study aims to answer three questions in relation to the health effects of childhood poverty:

  1. What is the effect of childhood poverty on health, and for which health outcomes?
  2. Which aspects of poverty dynamics (i.e., timing, duration) have the greatest impact on health outcomes?
  3. Which factors most strongly mediate the association between child poverty and health, and what are the likely benefits of intervening on these factors?

Overall, the aim of this project is to provide policymakers robust evidence of the most effective way to reduce the impact of childhood poverty on health.