- My DHB
- Key organisations
- Health targets
- Eligibility for public health services
- Claims, provider payments, and entitlements
- Publicly funded health services
Key health sector organisations and people
This section describes key organisations and people in New Zealand’s health and disability system.
Minister of Health
The Minister of Health has overall responsibility for the health and disability system. The Minister’s functions, duties, responsibilities and powers are provided for in the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and other legislation.
- Minister of Health – Hon Tony Ryall
For more information about the work of the Ministers, go to the Health Portfolio page of the NZ Government website.
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health is the government’s principal advisor on health and disability policy. For more information about our responsibilities and priorities, go to About us.
In this section
- District health boards (DHBs) are responsible for providing or funding the provision of health services in their district. Disability support services and some health services are funded and purchased nationally by the Ministry of Health. Read more
- Crown entities form part of New Zealand’s state sector. Health Crown entities include the Health Quality and Safety Commission, Health Benefits Limited, and others. Read more
- Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) receive significant funding from both the Ministry of Health and district health boards. Many are non-profit, and offer diverse services in primary care, mental health, personal health, and disability support services, and include kaupapa services such as Māori and Pacific providers. Read more
- Regional public health services are delivered by 12 district health board-owned public health units. Public health units focus on environmental health, communicable disease control, tobacco control and health promotion programmes. Read more
- Health alliances are nine networks of primary health care providers and district health boards that are implementing the Government’s ‘Better, Sooner, More Convenient’ care initiatives. Read more
- Primary health organisations are funded by district health boards to support the provision of essential primary-health-care services through general practices to those people who are enrolled with the PHO. Read more
- Health regulatory authorities are responsible for specific health professions. They describe scopes of practice, prescribe necessary qualifications, register practitioners and issue annual practising certificates. They also set standards of competence. Read more
- Health committees provide the Minister of Health with independent expert advice and offer a forum for representatives of the sector to have a role in decision-making. Read more
- Appointment of members to statutory authorities including crown entities, district health boards, professional regulatory bodies and ministerial health committees. Read more