Health Targets

Health targets are a set of six national performance measures specifically designed to improve the performance of health services. The targets are determined by the Minister of Health and reviewed annually to ensure they align with government’s health priorities. Three of the six targets focus on patient access, and three focus on prevention.

The health targets provide a focus for action, forming part of our Board's set of top 10 priorities. The impact the targets make can be measured to see how they are improving health for our population:

Waitemata DHB Health Target Performance 2013/2014

Waitemata DHB Health Target Performance 2013/2014


Overview of Health Targets

Health Targets: Shorter stays in emergency departmentsShorter stays in emergency departments

95 percent of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an emergency department (ED) within six hours. The target is a measure of the efficiency of flow of acute (urgent) patients through public hospitals and home again.

Health Targets: Improved access to elective surgeryImproved access to elective surgery

The number of elective surgery sessions will be increased by at least 4000 per year. Each DHB has negotiated local targets taking into consideration the health needs of their communities.  Collectively these targets contribute to a national increase in elective surgery discharges.

Health Target: Shorter waits for cancer treatmentShorter waits for cancer treatment

All patients, ready for treatment, wait less than four weeks for radiotherapy or chemotherapy.

Health Target: Increase immunisationIncreased immunisation

90 percent of eight-month-olds will have their primary course of immunisation (six weeks, three months and five months immunisation events) on time by July 2014 and 95 percent by December 2014.

Health Target: Better help for smokers to quitBetter help for smokers to quit

95 percent of hospitalised patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in public hospitals and 90 percent of enrolled patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in general practice are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking.

Health Target: More Health & Diabetes ChecksMore heart and diabetes checks

90 percent of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years.

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