NZ Government Press Release
An updated Health of Older People Strategy will be completed by
the end of the year, Associate Health Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
The updated strategy will take into account changes to the
health and disability support service sectors since 2002, the
emerging challenges faced by the healthcare system and the
development of a new Health Strategy.
"The financial sustainability of our healthcare system is
crucial. This is especially significant given our ageing
population," Mr Lotu-Iiga says.
"The number of New Zealanders aged 65 and over has increased
from 467,000 in 2002 to 675,000 in 2015. We expect this number will
increase to around 900,000 by 2025. We need to ensure healthcare
continues to be effective and affordable for that growing
A greater focus on new models of care and wellness will ensure
the health system can keep up with the changing needs and
expectations of our ageing population.
A stronger emphasis on person-centred care will also empower
older New Zealanders to participate in decisions and choices that
impact on the care and support they receive.
The new Health of Older People Strategy will be informed by
those older people and those who work with them. It will provide a
clear direction and priority areas for the sector to focus on and a
foundation for high quality and sustainable services into the
The current strategy, released in 2002, resulted in a number of
improvements in the health of older people. These include ready
access to more timely assessments for home support services to help
keep older people in their homes for longer, updated standards and