New Zealand has one of the best public health systems in the world. Like any effective system, ongoing improvement is needed to ensure it continues to be strong, responsive and sustainable, and can meet the needs of all New Zealanders in the future. The Ministry plays a fundamental role in achieving this.
This year, the Ministry has continued to provide leadership and stewardship of the health sector and the health system and in doing so has focused on providing more equitable health outcomes for New Zealanders.
In addition to delivering our core services and commitments in 2017/18, we also responded to the Government’s 100 day plan and priorities of mental health and addictions, primary care, child wellbeing and public provision of health services to achieve more equitable health outcomes for priority population groups.
We have delivered a number of significant milestones during 2017/18, many of which were worked on with our wider health and disability sector peers. Details of these milestones, along with an overview of the Ministry of Health's performance can be found within this annual report