Statement of Intent 2013 to 2016: Ministry of Health

Presented to the House of Representatives pursuant to section 39 of the Public Finance Act 1989

Published online: 
16 May 2013
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The Ministry of Health’s Statement of Intent 2013–2016 identifies outcomes for the health system and the Ministry:

  • New Zealanders live longer, healthier and more independent lives
  • The health system is cost-effective and supports a productive economy.

The Ministry itself has three high-level outcomes that support the achievement of the above health system outcomes:

  • New Zealanders are healthier and more independent.
  • Health services are delivered better, sooner and more conveniently.
  • The future sustainability of the health system is assured.

The Ministry has a focus on ensuring health services are delivered better, sooner and more conveniently.

The Statement of Intent outlines the strategic direction for the Ministry, work that will be  undertaken to deliver key priorities and how success will be measured.  Success against the six national health targets is just one example of how the health system continues to improve outcomes for New Zealanders.


The Ministry of Health is a major contributor to Government’s four main priorities:

  • delivering Better Public Services within tight financial constraints
  • responsibly managing Government’s finances
  • rebuilding Christchurch
  • building a more competitive and productive economy.

The Ministry is responsible for delivering one of Government’s 10 key results for the public sector:

  • supporting vulnerable children which involves increasing immunisation rates, a substantial reduction in rheumatic fever cases among children and a reduction in the number of assaults on children.

The Ministry also contributes to Government priorities that involve working jointly with other agencies, including:

  • Whānau Ora
  • welfare reform/joint social sector outcomes
  • youth mental health, including suicide prevention
  • methamphetamine action plan
  • Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA).

The Ministry also contributes to Better Public Services Functional Leadership through using the Government IT infrastructure, providing improved procurement and property management.

In addition to contributing to Government priorities and working with other agencies, other Ministry priorities include:

  • health targets
  • care closer to home
  • supporting the health of older people
  • making the best use of information technology and ensuring security of patients records
  • strengthening the health workforce
  • regional and national collaboration.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    16 May 2013
  • ISSN:
    1175-852X (print), 1178-8585 (online)
  • HP number:
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2013. Statement of Intent 2013 to 2016: Ministry of Health. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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