Primary health care
Primary health care relates to the professional health care received in the community, usually from a general practitioner (GP) or practice nurse. Primary health care covers a broad range of health and preventative services, including health education, counselling, disease prevention and screening.
A strong primary health care system is central to improving the health of all New Zealanders and reducing health inequalities between different groups. The launch of the Primary Health Care Strategy in 2001, followed by the establishment of Primary Health Organisations (PHOs), set a new direction and vision for primary health care services in New Zealand.
This section provides information on the background and implementation of the Primary Health Care Strategy.
In this section
- Better, Sooner, More Convenient Primary Health Care is the Government's initiative to deliver a more personalised primary health care system that provides services closer to home and makes Kiwis healthier. Read more
- Primary health organisations (PHOs) 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
- This section covers projects that the Ministry's primary health care delivery team is engaged with, and services delivered through primary health organisations. Read more
- The Ministry of Health is managing a portfolio of evaluations as part of the implementation of the Primary Health Care Strategy. Read more
- Publications relating to primary health care in New Zealand. Read more
Primary Health Care Implementation Team
Phone: 04 496 2000
Post: PO Box 5013, Wellington
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