Health Targets are a set of national performance measures specifically designed to improve the performance of health services. They provide a focus for action.
The impact they make can be measured to see how they are improving health for all New Zealanders.
Health targets were introduced to the New Zealand health system in 2007/08.
They are reviewed annually to ensure they align with government health priorities.
This section provides information on the targets, the reasons for them, who is responsible and how they will be measured and reported on.
Health target results are published every quarter. See the latest health targets for 2012/13.
In this section
- The Health Targets for 2013/14 have now been confirmed. This page outlines the six Health Targets that will be in place from 1 July 2013. Read more
- Information on the 2012/13 Health Targets: shorter stays in emergency departments; improved access to elective surgery; shorter waits for cancer treatment; increased immunisation; better help for smokers to quit; more heart and diabetes checks. Read more
- Information on the 2011/12 Health Targets: shorter stays in emergency departments; improved access to elective surgery; shorter waits for cancer treatment; increased immunisation; better help for smokers to quit; better diabetes and cardiovascular services / more heart and diabetes checks. Read more
- This section includes the Ministry of Health reports on quarterly progress towards achieving agreed annual Health Targets with each district health board. Read more
- Questions and answers on the Health Targets, the reasoning behind them, how they are being implemented and how they are being monitored. Read more
- Recent news on the Health Targets. Read more