Source: New Zealand Doctor, 18 April 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has today launched New
Zealand's new Health Strategy at a Health Symposium in
"The new Strategy has been developed to guide change in the
health sector and to lead the transformation to a more innovative,
integrated and patient-centred approach to healthcare in New
Zealand," says Dr Coleman.
The Health Strategy has not been updated since 2000. The new
Strategy sets a clear direction for the health system over the next
It covers five strategic themes - people-powered, closer to
home, value and high performance, one team, and smart system. It
includes a roadmap of actions to put the Strategy in place over the
next five years.
"We need a unified health system with shared values. We need
better ways of working together to ensure all New Zealanders have
access to the healthcare they need," says Dr Coleman.
"We want to see more services delivered in the community, a
stronger push on prevention and self-management, as well as care
closer to home.
"This new Strategy will ensure better integration of health and
social services, a health workforce that's well equipped and
supported by strong leaders and networks, more involvement in
service design by users, and a system well placed to take advantage
of emerging technologies."
The Ministry of Health led the update of the Strategy and
engaged extensively with the sector, social service providers and
health users over the last year.
"A range of people and organisations have contributed to
developing this Strategy. Their feedback added significant value
and shows people want to play an active role in creating our future
health system," says Dr Coleman.
To support the Strategy's implementation, the Ministry of Health
is currently reorganising the way it operates.
"We need a strengthened and streamlined Ministry, which is
empowered to lead the health system. This reorganisation will
ensure clearer roles and accountabilities, and reduce duplication,"
says Dr Coleman.
The Powering Up Our Future Health Symposium is being hosted by
the Ministry of Health. Senior health and social sector leaders
will discuss how New Zealand can build a modern people-powered,
technology-enabled healthcare system.
The New Zealand Health Strategy can be be found here.