The New Zealand Branch of the TSANZ has produced this document, “Standards for Adult Respiratory and Sleep Services in New Zealand” to present its views on the best configuration for Respiratory Services for the future against the current backdrop of increasing service demands and continuing financial constraint.
The report encompasses the philosophy of the WHO in acknowledging the need for health policy formulation, regulation and assessment of performance by collection and analysis of outcome generated data. The aim is to help develop an efficient respiratory health system which is of good quality, responsive to the population’s needs and which is resourced with a fair and equitable distribution of money.
This report appeared initially in 1989 and was substantially rewritten in 1996. It was revised in 2002 and again in 2004 to reflect changes in health care and in respiratory medicine in New Zealand over the past five years.
The latest revision no longer incorporates comprehensive sections on primary care or paediatric respiratory disorders. These would be a priority if a national committee were formulated.