Health targets

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. They provide a focus for action.

The impact they make can be measured to see how they are improving health for all New Zealanders. Three of the six health targets focus on patient access, and three focus on prevention.

This section provides information on the health targets, the reasons for them, who is responsible and how they are measured and reported on.

The 2017/18 health targets

Health targets are reviewed annually to ensure they align with health priorities. The current targets are listed below.

Shorter stays in emergency departments

95% of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an emergency department within six hours.

Improved access to elective surgery

The volume of elective surgery will be increased by an average of 4000 discharges per year.

Faster cancer treatment

90% 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 2 weeks.

Increased immunisation

95% of 8-months-olds will have their primary course of immunisation (6 weeks, 3 months and 5 months immunisation events) on time.

Better help for smokers to quit

90% of PHO enrolled patients who smoke have been offered help to quit smoking by a health care practitioner in the last 15 months.

90% 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.

Raising healthy kids

95% of obese children identified in the B4 School Check programme will be offered a referral to a health professional for clinical assessment and family-based nutrition, activity and lifestyle interventions by December 2017.

Latest health target results

Health target results are published 4 times a year. For the latest results see How is my DHB performing?

In this section

  • Information on the 2016/17 health targets: Shorter stays in emergency departments; Improved access to elective surgery; Faster cancer treatment; Increased immunisation; Better help for smokers to quit; Raising healthy kids. Read more
  • This section includes the Ministry of Health reports on quarterly progress towards achieving agreed annual health targets with each district health board. Read more
  • Reports on primary health organisation (PHO) performance against the primary care health targets. Read more
  • District health boards report their progress against the health targets four times a year. They are ranked in each target area, and their results are reported publicly. Read more
  • Publications relating to the health targets, such as the booklets highlighting innovative approaches to improving services covered by the health targets. Read more
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