About primary health organisations

Primary health organisations (PHOs) ensure the provision of essential primary health care services, mostly through general practices, to people who are enrolled with the PHO. PHOs are funded by district health boards (DHBs).

Currently there are 32 PHOs that vary widely in size and structure, although all are not-for-profit organisations. Some PHOs have recently amalgamated but still report by region, which is why 36 PHOs are shown in the following table: How is my PHO performing?

A PHO provides primary health services either directly or through its provider members. These services are designed to improve and maintain the health of the enrolled PHO population, as well as having responsibility for ensuring that services are provided in the community to restore people’s health when they are unwell. The aim is to ensure GP services are better linked with other health services to ensure a seamless continuum of care.

DHB contract with PHOs

The CentralTAS website contains PHO contractual information, including the PHO Service Agreement and associated documents.

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