Journey to better health

Our health system has strong foundations and it delivers positive health and wellbeing outcomes that compare well with other countries.  

We know that some people do not fare as well as others or could receive health care that better meets their needs including Māori, Pacific peoples, disabled people and tāngata whaikaha, women and those who live in rural areas. 

On 1 July 2022, the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act 2022 was implemented. The legislation lays the foundation for the transformation of our health system to support all New Zealanders to live longer and have the best possible quality of life.  

The initial phase of reform, from 2022–2024, is focused on changes to the health system operating model, entities and functions. The short-term direction for the system has been set with the interim Government Policy Statement (GPS), and Te Whatu Ora’s Te Pae Tata Interim New Zealand Health Plan 2022.

Now we are developing the medium and longer-term direction for our new health system.

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