Work programme 2018

Government priorities

The Ministry is changing the way it works to deliver the Government's priorities of:

These changes will address the recommendations from the 2017 Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) review of the Ministry of Health by the State Services Commission.

We have established joint Ministry and sector co-leadership and governance arrangements to advance the Government’s priorities. These arrangements will also help us to address other immediate issues facing the health system:

These priorities will require a concentrated effort and a different way of working with our sector partners. We expect these immediate priorities will change over time.

DHB leads have been appointed for all four of the Government priorities.  They will work alongside the Ministry lead.

Government priority Ministry lead/Champion DHB lead
Achieving equity Alison Thom, Acting DDG, Māori Health Dale Bramley, Waitemata DHB CE
Child wellbeing Professor Hayden McRobbie David Meates, Canterbury DHB CE and Adri Isbister, Wairarapa DHB CE
Mental health Maree Roberts, Acting DDG Mental Health and Addiction Ron Dunham, Lakes DHB CE
Primary health Keriana Brooking, Acting DDG Health System Improvement and Innovation Nick Chamberlain, Northland DHB CE

We will be working with our system partners to appoint joint co-leads across the set of system priorities.

Immediate system priority Ministry lead DHB lead
Maternity care and midwifery TBC TBC
Electives TBC TBC
Capital asset management TBC TBC
Drinking-water regulation TBC TBC
DHB performance framework TBC David Meates, Canterbury DHB CE and Kath Cook, MidCentral DHB CE

We are excited about working more closely with the sector to improve the health of New Zealanders and are thinking through how we can get a broad range of input from stakeholders. We will continue to keep you updated as this work progresses.


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