Key health sector organisations and people

This section describes key organisations and people in New Zealand’s health and disability system.

Minister of Health

The Minister of Health has overall responsibility for the health and disability system. The Minister’s functions, duties, responsibilities and powers are provided for in the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and other legislation.

  • Minister of Health – Hon Andrew Little

Associate Ministers

  • Hon Peeni Henare
  • Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall
  • Hon Aupito William Sio

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health is the government’s principal advisor on health and disability policy. For more information about our responsibilities and priorities, go to About us.

In this section

  • District health boards (DHBs) are responsible for providing or funding the provision of most health services in their district. Read more
  • Information on the boards of Crown entities, committees and responsible authorities that the Ministry of Health assists the Minister of Health in appointing to and monitoring. Read more
  • The Capital Investment Committee (CIC) is a section 11 committee which provides advice to the Ministers of Health and Finance on the prioritisation and allocation of funding for capital investment and health infrastructure. Read more
  • The Mental Health Review Tribunal is an independent body appointed by the Minister of Health under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992. Read more
  • New Zealand’s ambulance service provides emergency care, no matter where you are in New Zealand. Read more
  • How the Ministry of Health works with non-governmental organisations who provide health and disability services. Read more
  • Public health units deliver regional public health services. They focus on environmental health, communicable disease control, tobacco control and health promotion. Read more
  • Health alliances are nine networks of primary health care providers and district health boards that are implementing the Government’s ‘Better, Sooner, More Convenient’ care initiatives. Read more
  • Health committees provide the Minister of Health with independent expert advice and offer a forum for representatives of the sector to have a role in decision-making. Read more
  • Primary health organisations (PHOs) support general practices to provide primary health care services. Read more
  • Health regulatory authorities are responsible for specific health professions. They describe scopes of practice, issue annual practising certificates and more. Read more
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