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Ministry of Health publications

Documents produced by the Ministry of Health which are likely to be of interest to the NGO health and disability sector.

Ministry produces a large number of documents, so this list is not exhaustive. Search the Ministry of Health website if you want further information on specific areas of interest.

Key documents governing the Ministry's relationship with the NGO sector

Strategy and direction

Ministry of Health Statement of Intent

The MRG Report: Report of the Ministerial Review Group (PDF) (www.beehive.govt.nz)
Meeting the Challenge: Enhancing Sustainability and the Patient and Consumer Experience within the Current Legislative Framework for Health and Disability Services in New Zealand, 31 July 2009. (Also known as the Horn Report.)

Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (legislation.govt.nz)
See also: Background to the HPCA Act

New Zealand Health Strategy(December 2000)

New Zealand Public Health & Disability Act 2000 (www.legislation.govt.nz)
See also: Background to the NZPHD Act

Surveys and Statistics

A range of health survey findings from the Ministry of Health can be located in the Health statistics section of the Ministry's website.

Atlas of Socioeconomic Deprivation in New Zealand (www.health.govt.nz)
White et al, Ministry of Health, June 2008.

Primary Health Care

Primary Health Care – Services and Projects

Better, Sooner, More Convenient
The Government's initiative to deliver a more personalised primary health care system that provides services closer to home and makes Kiwis healthier. (Initiative commenced September 2009)

Primary Health Care Strategy (February 2001).


Disability Services - Key Ministry of Health Projects and Programmes

Maori Health

Maori Health Providers contract to DHBs

Whakatātaka Tuarua: Māori Health Action Plan 2006-2011
December 2006. Outlines what the health and disability sector will do to implement the Māori Health Strategy, and includes programmes, policies and interventions. The Action Plan is a valuable tool for contributing to reducing health inequalities between Māori and non-Māori.

He Korowai Oranga: Maori Health Strategy
November 2002. Sets the direction for Māori health development in the health and disability sector. The strategy provides a framework for the public sector to take responsibility for the part it plays in supporting the health status of whānau. The vision of He Korowai Oranga is the achievement of whānau ora, or healthy families.

Mental Health

Te Tāhuhu: Improving Mental Health 2005–2015
Outlines Government policy and priorities for mental health and addiction for the 10 years between 2005 and 2015, and provides an overall direction for investment in mental health and addiction.

Te Kōkiri: The Mental Health and Addiction Action Plan 2006-2015
Sets the programme of action to be achieved so that the Government achieves the outcomes that all New Zealanders want for people who use mental health and/or addiction services as well as for their families and whānau.

The aim of Te Tāhuhu and the action plan, Te Kōkiri, is to encourage and assist both government and NGO service providers to work more closely together, to jointly develop solutions to problems, and to work towards improving outcomes for people with experience of mental illness and/or addiction.

Pacific Health

‘Ala Mo’ui – Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2010-2014 (March 2010)

Pacific Health and Disability Workforce Development Plan (February 2008)
(Note: This plan has been superseded by ‘Ala Mo’ui – Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2010-2014)

Improving Quality of Care for Pacific Peoples 2008 (February 2008)

Pacific Youth Health (February 2008)

Pacific Peoples’ Experience of Disability (February 2008)

Pacific Peoples and Mental Health (February 2008)

Pacific Cultural Competencies (February 2008)

The Pacific Health and Disability Action Plan (February 2002)

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