How is my DHB performing? – 2017/18

The Ministry of Health reports on quarterly progress towards achieving agreed annual health targets with each district health board.

The Government has directed the Ministry of Health to develop a new set of performance measures to improve health outcomes for New Zealanders.

While work is underway to develop these new measures DHBs will continue to report to the Ministry against the current set of health targets, as well as against a previously established suite of wider measures.

During this time we will only provide the raw data. We will not develop separate reports or infographics or advertise this information in newspapers.

2017/18 data

The six existing health targets form part of DHB accountability arrangements for 2017/18.

Data showing national and DHB results for quarters one, two and three is provided in a flat file format, presenting the national target goal and DHB results alphabetically.

Quarter four results are expected to be available late August.

What the national results show

Health target results quarter one to quarter three 2017/18 for DHBs
Target area Target goal Quarter 1 2017/18 Quarter 2 2017/18 Quarter 3 2017/18
Shorter stays in emergency departments 95% 91.2% 93.1% 91.3%
Improved access to elective surgery 100% 103.6% 102.3% 102.3%
Faster cancer treatment 90% 92.3%* 93.2% 91.4%
Increased immunisation 95% 92.3% 92.2% 91.7%
Better help for smokers to quit 90% 88.8% 88.3% 88.6%
Raising healthy kids 95% 92.2% 97.5% 98.5%

* From 1 July 2017 adjustments to the faster cancer treatment target were introduced, including an increase of the target from 85 percent of patients expected to receive their first cancer treatment within 62 days increased to 90 percent, and technical adjustments to allow for breaches that are appropriate for patients.

Results by target

Shorter stays in emergency departments target

The target is 95 percent of patients will be admitted, discharged or transferred from an emergency department (ED) within six hours.

Quarter one 6 DHBs met the target
Quarter two 8 DHBs met the target
Quarter three 7 DHBs achieved the target

Improved access to elective surgery target

The target is an increase in the volume of elective surgery by an average of 4,000 discharges per year. 

Quarter one 12 DHBs met the target
Quarter two 11 DHBs met the target
Quarter three 12 DHBs achieved the target

Faster cancer treatment target

The target is 90 percent of patients receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer and a need to be seen within two weeks.

Quarter one 12 DHBs met the target
Quarter two 16 DHBs met the target
Quarter three 16 DHBs met the target

Increased immunisation target

The target is 95 percent of eight months olds will have their primary course of immunisation (six weeks, three months and five months immunisation events) on time.

Quarter one 3 DHBs met the target
Quarter two 2 DHBs met the target
Quarter three 3 DHBs met the target

Better help for smokers to quit target

The target is 90 percent of PHO enrolled patients who smoke have been offered help to quit smoking by a health care practitioner in the last 15 months and 90 percent of pregnant women who identify as smokers upon registration with a DHB-employed midwife or Lead Maternity Carer are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking.

Quarter one 9 DHBs met the target
Quarter two 10 DHBs met the target
Quarter three 10 DHBs met the target

Raising healthy kids target

The target is 95 percent of obese children identified in the Before School Check (B4SC) programme will be offered a referral to a health professional for clinical assessment and family based nutrition, activity and lifestyle interventions.

Quarter one 6 DHBs met the target
Quarter two This is the first time the target has been met at the national level – 15 DHBs met the target
Quarter three 18 DHBs met the target

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