About primary health organisations

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

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 separately, which is why 36 PHOs are shown in the How is my PHO performing? information.

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.

Contact details

PHO contact details (xls, 56 KB) – as at August 2014.

DHB contract with PHOs

The DHB Shared Services website contains PHO contractual information, including the PHO Service Agreement and associated documents.

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