Strategic direction

Our role

The Ministry of Health’s purpose is to lead and shape New Zealand’s health and disability system to deliver a healthy and independent future for all.

We provide services to 4.7 million New Zealanders by working in partnership with other public service agencies and engaging with people and their communities in carrying out our key roles.

Our work

Our core work is:

  • providing practical, clinical and technical advice, supported by strong, evidence-informed analysis
  • purchasing a range of national health and disability support services directly and through district health boards
  • providing key infrastructure support to the health and disability system, especially by providing national information systems and a payments service to the health and disability sector
  • supporting, monitoring and driving performance improvements of Crown entities in the health and disability sector and providers
  • regulating national health and disability services and ensuring they are meeting their legislative requirements.

Our priorities

Our focus is on the Government’s priorities for health and disability, particularly those in its 100 Day Plan. These priorities are:

  • mental health, including:
    • establishing an inquiry into mental health
    • 80 health professionals for Canterbury schools
    • school-based services – nationwide
    • mental health teams in general practice – pilot
  • improving access to medicinal cannabis for those with a terminal illness and/or chronic pain
  • DHB funding
  • primary health care
  • Dunedin Hospital rebuild
  • improving stakeholder engagement
  • National Cancer Agency.

More information can be found in our Briefing to the Incoming Minister and Statement of Strategic Intentions.

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