Identifies key outcomes for the health system and the Ministry itself: New Zealanders live longer, healthier and more independent lives, the health system is cost-effective and supports a productive economy.
This Statement of Intent outlines the strategic direction for the Ministry of Health over the three-year period of the document. It includes discussion of the outcomes being sought by the Ministry and the main priorities for the future work programme. Some high-level detail about work plans is provided, along with measures by which the Ministry can demonstrate success.
The Ministry of Health works across the health sector and wider social sector to deliver better health outcomes for New Zealanders. The Ministry of Health is a major contributor to the Government’s four main priorities:
- Delivering better public services within tight financial constraints
- Responsibly managing Government’s finances
- Rebuilding Canterbury
- Building a more competitive and productive economy.
The Ministry is responsible for delivering on one of Government’s 10 key results for the public sector:
- An increase in immunisation rates and a substantial reduction in rheumatic fever cases among children.
The Ministry also contributes to whole-of-government priorities, including:
- Whānau Ora
- Welfare reform
- Youth mental health
- Protecting vulnerable children.
The Ministry of Health’s Statement of Intent 2012–2015 identifies key outcomes for the health system and the Ministry itself:
- New Zealanders live longer, healthier and more independent lives
- the health system is cost-effective and supports a productive economy
In addition, the Ministry has a focus on ensuring health services are clinically integrated, more convenient and people-centred.
The Ministry’s priorities are:
Lifting health sector performance through greater clinical integration
The Ministry will drive greater integration of services across the health system, to achieve improvements in health care and patient experience.
Shorter waiting times
The Ministry will work with district health boards to reduce waiting times for specialist appointments, diagnostic tests and emergency department admissions.
Ensuring the health sector delivers on the health targets
The Ministry will ensure the health targets are achieved.
Improving the health of older people
The Ministry’s work in this area includes providing more and better services to support older people to remain in their homes, better wrap-around care for older people and stronger monitoring of the aged residential care sector.
The Ministry supports Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry of Social Development in rolling out the Whānau Ora approach across the country, and supports district health boards to implement Whānau Ora in their regions.