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About DHBs

DHB MapAbout Waitemata DHB

  • Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) serves the communities of Rodney, North Shore and Waitakere
  • With more than 580,000 people, it is the largest New Zealand DHB by population
    • 60% European/NZ, 18% Asian, 10% Māori, 10%  Pacific peoples
  • It provides secondary hospital and community services from North Shore and Waitakere hospitals and 30 community sites throughout the district
  • Also provides child disability, forensic psychiatric, school dental and alcohol and drug services to the region on behalf of the other DHBs in Auckland
  • Employs more than 6800 people
  • Annual budget of $1.4 billion, mainly from the Ministry of Health
  • Services' annual numbers:
    • 6,957 babies born
    • 119,885 emergency department attendances
    • 175,904 outpatient clinic attendances
    • 694,464 school dental treatments for Auckland region
    • 72,105 vaccinations given to children under six
    • 4,832 specialist nurses home visits
    • 174,700 radiology procedures

About DHBs

The New Zealand Public Health and Disability (NZPHD) Act 2000 created New Zealand’s District Health Boards (DHBs). The statutory objectives set out in the Act include:

  • improving, promoting and protecting the health of people and communities
  • promoting the integration of health services, especially primary and secondary care services
  • seeking the optimum arrangement for the most effective care and efficient delivery of health services in order to meet local, regional and national needs
  • promoting effective care or support of those in need of personal health services or disability support

Other DHB objectives include:

  • promoting the inclusion and participation in society and the independence of people with disabilities
  • reducing health disparities by improving health outcomes for Māori and other population groups
  • reducing - a view toward elimination - health outcome disparities between various population groups

DHBs are expected to show a sense of social responsibility, to foster community participation in health improvement, and to uphold the ethical and quality standards commonly expected of providers of services and public sector organisations.

Public hospitals are owned and funded by DHBs.

You can find out more about DHBs on the Ministry of Health website and on the National Health Board website.

Ministry of Health National Health Board