Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) serves the largest DHB population in the country - more than 560,000 people. It is also the second fastest growing of New Zealand's 20 DHBs.
We employ around 6,800 people in more than 30 different locations and manage a budget of over a billion dollars a year, serving residents of North Shore City, Waitakere City and the Rodney district.
Waitemata DHB's top priorities:
Shorter stays in emergency departments - 95 percent of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an emergency department within six hours.
Improved access to elective surgery - The volume of elective surgery will be increased by at least 4000 discharges per year.
Shorter waits for cancer treatment - All patients, ready for treatment, wait less than four weeks for radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Increased immunisation - 85 percent of eight months olds will have their primary course of immunisation (six weeks, three months and five months immunisation events) on time by July 2013, 90 percent by July 2014 and 95 percent by December 2014.
Better help for hospitalised smokers to quit
- 95 percent of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in public hospitals and 90 percent of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in primary care are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking. Within the target a specialised identified group will include:
- Progress towards 90 percent of pregnant women who identify as smokers at the time of confirmation of pregnancy in general practice or booking with Lead Maternity Carer are offered advice and support to quit.
More heart and diabetes checks - 90 percent of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years. DHBs are required to achieve at least 75 percent by 1 July 2013, and DHBs exceeding 75 percent are expected to be actively moving toward the 90 percent goal.
Treaty of Waitangi
Waitemata DHB supports the government policy of reducing inequalities. Working in partnership with Maori at all levels and in all parts of the district health sector helps Waitemata DHB ensure participation occurs, resulting in better health outcomes for Maori people who experience inequitable outcomes.
Waitemata DHB’s partnership programme is consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi and adheres to the framework outlined by the NZPHD Act 2000.