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The Ministry of Health leads the health and disability system and has overall responsibility for the management and development of that system. It steers system improvements that help New Zealanders live longer, healthier and more independent lives.
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New Zealanders living longer, healthier and more independent lives is the aim of the NZ health system

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Planning  

 
The Ministry of Health leads the health and disability system and has overall responsibility for the management and development of that system. It steers system improvements that help New Zealanders live longer, healthier and more independent lives. The Ministry ensures that the health system is delivering on Government priorities such as the Health Targets and that health sector organisations are well governed and soundly managed from a financial perspective.
 
It works with other government agencies in setting strategic priorities and direction for the sector.
 
New Zealand Health Strategy
 

Health Workforce New Zealand


Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) was set up in late 2009 to provide national leadership on the development of the country's health and disability workforce. It provides oversight for the planning of the healthcare workforce, ensuring that this aligns with planning for the delivery of services and that the healthcare workforce is fit for purpose. HWNZ advises the Minister of Health on all aspects of health workforce planning, within the wider programme of reform of the health system.  It works in collaboration with training providers, professional bodies and employers, to build on existing networks and to create new opportunities to involve clinicians and health care providers in planning our future workforce.
 

Health Quality & Safety Commission


The Health Quality & Safety Commission was established under the New Zealand Public Health & Disability Amendment Act 2010  to ensure all New Zealanders receive the best health and disability care within our available resources.
 
HWSC's programmes focus on specific areas, working with those who provide services and those who use them to reduce avoidable deaths and harm, and make changes for the better. Improving the quality and safety of our health and disability services will lead to greater efficiency and better value.
 

National Health Board

 
The National Health Board is responsible for the funding, monitoring and planning of District Health Boards (DHBs), including the annual funding and planning rounds.  It is also responsible for plannng and funding designated national services, and bringing together the various activities with strategic planning and funding of future capacity (Information Technology, facilities, workforce), so they can be better integrated and driven by future service requirements. Including:
 
  • The DHB regional service planning and funding, including arbitration over regional disputes.
  • The process for deciding, which services should be planned, funded and provided at national, regional and local levels, and how that should change over time.
  • How to best support the Government's initiative to reduce bureaucracy, so savings can be invested in front line services.

National Health IT Board

 
The role of the National Health IT Board (known formally as the National Health Information Technology Board) is to provide leadership on the implementation and use of information systems across the health and disability sector. The IT Health Board is a sub-committee of the National Health Board and is charged with ensuring that health sector policy is supported by appropriate health information and IT solutions.
 

Health Benefits Limited


Health Benefits Limited (HBL) was established in July 2010 to reduce costs and deliver savings in administrative, support and procurement services for the health sector.
 
HBL's role is to facilitate and lead initiatives that result in savings and efficiencies for District Health Boards (DHBs) on non-clinical initiatives.
 

Healthy Ageing Strategy


The Strategy refreshes and replaces the Health of Older People Strategy 2002, and aligns with the new New Zealand Health Strategy 2016.
 
The Healthy Ageing Strategy vision is that “older people live well, age well, and have a respectful end of life in age-friendly communities”. It takes a life-course approach that seeks to maximise health and wellbeing for all older people.

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