The Ministry is made up of business units, each with its own functions and areas of responsibility.
On this page:
- Client Insights and Analytics
- Strategy and Policy
- Service Commissioning
- Protection, Regulation and Assurance
- Technology and Digital Services
- Finance and Performance
- People and Transformation
- Office of the Director-General
- Māori Leadership
- Chief Nursing Officer
- Chief Medical Officer
- Critical Projects
Chief Client Officer: Deb Struthers
The Client Insights and Analytics business unit is responsible for ensuring that all of the Ministry’s clients, especially the people of New Zealand, are front of mind in all that the Ministry does.
The business unit manages national data collections and provides evidence-based insights and analytics relating to the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.
The business unit works closely with the Strategy and Policy and the Technology and Digital Service business units on information management and on the evidence base for service design.
Chief Strategy and Policy Officer: Hamiora Bowkett
The Strategy and Policy business unit is responsible for the Ministry’s advice on the health and disability system.
It develops and enables implementation of strategy and policy, including advice on Māori health, the health workforce, technology and regulation.
Director, Service Commissioning: Jill Lane
The Service Commissioning business unit manages the relationships between the Ministry and health and disability service providers. This includes funding, purchasing, performance management, commercial advice and contractual arrangements.
The business unit works closely with the Strategy and Policy and the Finance and Performance business units to design, plan and fund health and disability initiatives.
Director Protection, Regulation and Assurance: Dr Stewart Jessamine
The Protection, Regulation and Assurance business unit ensures the quality and safety of health and disability services, protects and promotes the health of New Zealanders and provides assurance and enforcement for both regulatory and contract compliance.
The business unit works closely with the Service Commissioning business unit and district health boards to ensure service quality is a high standard.
Chief Technology and Digital Services Officer: Ann-Marie Cavanagh
The Technology and Digital Services business unit delivers technology and digital services to the Ministry and the health and disability sector. It also plays an important role in assessing the potential impact of existing and emerging health technology.
The business unit works closely with the Strategy and Policy business unit, the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Nursing Officer to develop and implement the technology and digital strategy for the health and disability sector.
Chief Financial Officer: Stephen O'Keefe
The Finance and Performance business unit is the authority on the health and disability system’s finance, financial and non-financial performance and risk. It is also responsible for managing and delivering the Ministry’s finance functions, payments to the health and disability sector and an enterprise portfolio management office.
The Finance and Performance business unit works closely with the Service Commissioning business unit supporting and advising the commissioning of services.
Chief People and Transformation Officer: Stephen Barclay
The People and Transformation business unit is responsible for sector workforce and managing and delivering the Ministry’s human resources and internal organisational strategy.
The unit is also the business owner for the Ministry’s in-house information technology strategy and leads the Ministry’s change programme and operating model.
Executive Director: Jill Bond
The Office of the Director-General of Health is responsible for Government and Ministerial services, internal and external communications, assurance and risk management and provides support to the Director-General of Health, Ministers and the Executive Leadership Team.
The office also supports the Chief Science Officer.
Māori Leadership: Alison Thom
Māori Leadership is a strategic role that leads the Ministry and sector in reducing Māori health inequalities. It is the poutoko manawa (backbone) for the Ministry and health and disability sector in their efforts to promote, protect and partner with Māori.
Māori Leadership has strong relationships within the health and disability sector, government agencies and with iwi Māori.
Ministry business units support Māori Leadership and are jointly responsible for improving Māori health outcomes and reducing inequalities.
Chief Nursing Officer: Jane O’Malley
The Chief Nursing Officer is the point of contact for clinical leadership and advice to the Ministry, Ministers and health and disability sector. It supports professional development within the Ministry and the nursing workforce.
The Chief Nursing Officer works in partnership with the Chief Medical Officer, district health boards and clinicians.
Acting Chief Medical Officer: Andy Simpson
The Chief Medical Officer is the point of contact for clinical leadership and advice to the Ministry, Ministers and health and disability sector. It supports professional development within the Ministry and the clinical workforce.
The Chief Medical Officer works in partnership with the Chief Nursing Officer, district health boards and clinicians.
Director, Critical Projects: Michael Hundleby
Critical Projects oversees and manages critical priority projects on behalf of the Director-General of Health. Critical Projects has been established for a fixed term of two years.