How are health targets reported?

District health boards (DHBs) report their progress to the Ministry of Health four times a year, as at 30 September, 31 December, 31 March and 30 June. In turn, the Ministry reports their findings to the Minister and the public.

Reports are reviewed to determine current performance trends, gaps that may be emerging and factors related to success.

Public reporting of results

Every quarter the health target results are published in some of the major metropolitan newspapers.

Results are also published on the Ministry website. This includes:

  • a results summary
  • an overview of performance of the DHBs in each target area
  • source data
  • questions and answers that summarise the quarterly results.

The source data is presented in the form of an interactive excel spreadsheet. DHBs are ranked relative to the overall sector goal. Results are available by target area, including by ethnicity for some targets, and/or by DHB. The source data also includes a time series of national performance against each target and graphs of regional performance against the health targets.

Health target results are also made publicly available through the release of annual reports and publications such as the Health and Independence Report.

DHBs make their own quarterly results available on their websites and use a series of local community newspapers, newsletters and e-newsletters to ensure their local communities are aware of their performance.

Why public reporting?

The Ministry believes that public accountability through clearly promoting the targets in the public domain, through the media, will help make the targets real for the community.

These are vitally important targets and progress towards them is a matter of significant public interest.

Ranking DHB performance

Ranking DHB performance is a normal part of the quarterly reporting process and these results are publicly available at both a national and regional level.

DHBs have been ranked against each target area as shown below.

Health target Ranking
Shorter stays in emergency departments Ranking from 1 to 20 is based on the percentage of patients presenting to each ED admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours.

The goal of 95% is highlighted.
Improved access to elective surgery Ranking from 1 to 20 is based on the percentage of volumes delivered, relative to phased targets agreed with DHBs.

The goal of 100% is highlighted.
Faster cancer treatment Ranking from 1 to 20 is based on the percentage of patients who receive their first cancer treatment within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer and a need to be seen within two weeks.

The goal of 85% is highlighted.
Increased immunisation Ranking from 1 to 20 is based on the percentage of children who turned eight months old in the quarter who were fully immunised before they turned eight months old.

The goal of 95% is highlighted.
Better help for smokers to quit Ranking from 1 to 20 is based on the percentage of patients who smoke and have been offered help to quit smoking by a health care practitioner in the last 15 months

The goal of 90% is highlighted.
Raising healthy kids Ranking from 1 to 20 is based on the percentage of four year olds identified as obese as part of their B4 School Check who were offered a referral to a registered health professional for clinical assessment where that referral has been acknowledged. A referral may also be made to other services that may help, for example family-based nutrition, activity and lifestyle interventions.

The goal of 95% is highlighted.
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