NASO provides strategic leadership for the ambulance sector.
It manages funding received from the government and ACC’s levies. It works closely with the Minister of Health and ACC to secure funds through the government’s annual budget process, negotiate contracts with providers and develop funding approaches that match investment to outcomes.
NASO plans and commissions ambulance services, provides monitoring and facilitates oversight across the sector. It also delivers service design improvements, typically through projects which aim to resolve issues, improve services and find system efficiencies.
NASO works closely with providers, the wider health sector and other government and health organisations. It engages with service providers, DHBs, the Paramedic Council and other emergency services (such as search and rescue). It is focused on ensuring emergency ambulance services in New Zealand have more equitable health outcomes and are financially sustainable.
NASO itself is governed by ACC and the Ministry of Health, which fund the majority of emergency ambulance services.