Health targets are a set of national performance measures specifically designed to improve the performance of health services that reflect significant public and government priorities.
Update on status of national health targets: development of new measures
The Government has directed the Ministry of Health to develop a new set of performance measures to improve health outcomes for New Zealanders.
The new focus will be on population health outcomes and will ensure that health resources are used optimally. The objective is to give confidence the best decisions are being made to improve the health of New Zealanders.
In developing these new measures the Ministry has been asked to consider the following criteria:
- a mix of health system and population health improvement measures
- alignment with government priorities, for example, child wellbeing and mental health
- be quantified and timed
- availability of data to monitor progress
- sector engagement and support
- focus on health issues with alignment to socio-economic determinants.
Once new measures are announced and finalised, they will be regularly reported on to the public.
The Ministry will develop these new measures over the next six months and will aim to have the new measures in place early 2019. We will keep this page updated as this work progresses.
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.
See How is my DHB performing? for the latest data.