Health targets are a set of national performance measures specifically designed to improve the performance of health services that reflect significant public and government priorities. They provide a focus for action.
The impact they make can be measured to see how they are improving health for all New Zealanders. Three of the six health targets focus on patient access, and three focus on prevention.
This section provides information on the health targets, the reasons for them, who is responsible and how they are measured and reported on.
The 2014/15 health targets
Health targets are reviewed annually to ensure they align with health priorities. The current targets are listed below.
95 percent of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an emergency department within six hours.
The volume of elective surgery will be increased by at least 4000 discharges per year.
All patients, ready-for-treatment, wait less than four weeks for radiotherapy or chemotherapy. (Health target until the end of quarter one 2014/15)
85 percent of patients 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 by July 2016, increasing to 90 percent by June 2017. (Health target from quarter two 2014/15)
90 percent of eight months olds will have their primary course of immunisation (six weeks, three months and five months immunisation events) on time by July 2014 and 95 percent by December 2014.
95 percent of hospitalised patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in public hospitals and 90 percent of enrolled patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in general practice are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking.
Within the target a specialised identified group will include progress towards 90 percent of pregnant women (who identify as smokers at the time of confirmation of pregnancy in general practice or booking with Lead Maternity Carer) are offered advice and support to quit.
90 percent of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years.
Latest health target results
Health target results are published four times a year. The 2014/15 October-December results are available now.