Health and disability system reforms

On 21 April 2021, the Government confirmed the details of the health system reforms in response to the Health and Disability System Review.

The Ministry is developing a joint work programme with the Transition Unit within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC). The Transition Unit was set up to lead the response to the Health and Disability System Review.

What will the Ministry look like in the future?

The Ministry will continue in its enduring role as chief steward and kaitiaki for the system and some of the things it does will change.

The Ministry’s role will be refocused on strategy, policy, regulation and monitoring the outcomes achieved by the system as a whole. The Ministry will lead the system in its role as kaitiaki, ensuring good evidence informs strategy and policy development, and will work with the other organisations within the system to enable effective delivery of services.

The role of Director-General of Health will continue – the role remains the head of the health system. Statutory roles such as the Director of Public Health and Director of Mental Health will also remain within the Ministry.

A new Public Health Agency within the Ministry will lead population and public health policy, strategy, regulatory, intelligence, surveillance and monitoring functions across the system.

This will see more emphasis on the determinants of health such as employment and housing which will mean working more closely with relevant government agencies and community partners and using intelligence and monitoring to strengthen the system to enable New Zealanders to live longer, healthier lives.

Ministry appoints Establishment Director of the Public Health Agency

Simon Everitt has joined the Ministry of Health as Establishment Director of the interim Public Health Agency. The interim Agency is the first component of the Ministry to be designed as part of the wider health and disability system reforms. See more information.

Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand Board appointments

Health Minister Hon Andrew Little and Associate Health Minister Hon Peeni Henare have announced the appointment of the Boards to lead the Māori Health Authority and Health New Zealand. This a significant step in progressing the Health and Disability System Reform programme. Read more on the Future of Health website.

Be part of the change to improve health outcomes for all New Zealanders

Expressions of interest (EOI) are invited for a range of roles in the establishment of the Interim Public Health Agency to support the Ministry’s Reform programme of work. The roles include an Equity Lead, Operations Lead, Public Health Advisor and Senior Policy Advisor.

Submit your EOI by 26 September via our Careers website.

About the Health and Disability System Review

In 2018 the Government announced a wide-ranging review of the Health and Disability system in New Zealand, designed to future-proof our health and disability services.

The Review looked at the overall function of the health and disability system and whether the system is balanced towards wellness, access, equity, and sustainability. Ms Heather Simpson was appointed as Chair of the review.

The final report on the findings of the Review was released on 16 June 2020.

Visit the Health and Disability System Review website for more information.

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