This report details the actions taken throughout 2009 to progress priority areas that have been signalled to the sector.
The priority areas are:
- strengthening the workforce
- Health Targets
- better, sooner, more convenient primary health care
- improving productivity and value for money
- strengthening regional service planning and collaboration
- ensuring quality.
These priority areas remain consistent with the New Zealand Health Strategy and will continue to be priority areas for 2010/11.
This report fulfils the Minister of Health’s responsibilities under Section 8 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 to report annually on the implementation of the New Zealand Health Strategy (see sections 2−6 of this document). It also meets the requirements under Section 9 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 to report annually on progress on implementing the National Strategy for Quality Improvement (see section 7).