Five strategic themes

Building on our guiding principles, this strategy has five themes to guide us. These provide a focus for change.

The themes are shown in the diagram below and discussed further in the sections that follow.

Five strategic themes of the strategy

The central theme is all New Zealanders live well, stay well and get well. The five themes around this are people-powered, closer to home, value and high performance, one team and smart system.

These themes are shown as interconnected. The links among them reflect the balance that everyone working in the system has to strike between what is best for people’s health and wellbeing, at individual and population levels, and what is affordable and possible. Finding this balance involves choices. Sometimes there are trade-offs; for example, when someone can’t get an appointment as soon as they want because the service is dealing with more urgent needs.

A great system will find a balance that matches the most important needs with the best use of skills and resources. The aim is to have a more integrated and cohesive system that works in the best interests of New Zealanders.

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