Acute Care Sector Advisory Group

The Acute Care Sector Advisory Group (ACSAG) was established to support the introduction of the Shorter Stays in ED health care target.

The primary purpose of the Acute Care Sector Advisory Group (ACSAG) is to provide expert advice to the Ministry on evidence-based improvements in acute care and process flows across the health care system that will meet current and projected patient needs while continuing to provide high quality and safe care.

The ACSAG now comprises about 17 key stakeholders, including clinical and managerial leaders from a range of DHBs, primary health care and ambulance services.


The ACSAG is chaired by A/Prof. Peter Jones, an Emergency Physician at the Adult Emergency Department at Auckland City Hospital.

Terms of Reference

The ACSAG has the following identified scope of responsibilities to:

  • provide expert advice to the Ministry on the drivers and pressures affecting acute care and patient flow
  • identify how improvements can be made in acute care in:
    • access and models of care
    • data collection processes including real time data 
    • access measures
    • lifting overall district health board performance in acute care
  • provide advice on delivering equity of health outcomes for Māori and Pacific peoples
  • advise the Ministry on the key stakeholder relationships to improve acute flow
  • work collaboratively with other networks as agreed to help achieve their objectives.
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