Press Release from New Zealand Government
Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Health
21 October 2015
Health Strategy consultation starts next week
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will be
consulting with the sector and the public on the draft updated New
Zealand Health Strategy.
"It's important that the health sector has a clear, unified
direction based on a shared set of values," says Dr Coleman.
"We need a new vision for the next 10 years as the Health
Strategy has not been updated since 2000.
"The draft Strategy sets a clear view of the future we want for
our health system to ensure that all New Zealanders live well, stay
well, and get well."
The Health Strategy covers five strategic themes -
people-powered, closer to home, value and high performance, one
team, and smart system.
Priorities include prevention and wellbeing, more integrated
services, support for innovation, better collaboration, new ways of
working to reach our most vulnerable, giving every child a healthy
start, and ensuring information and services are more
The Health Strategy will be supported by a Roadmap, which sets
the direction for the next five years.
"The Strategy will help the sector meet our future health needs
with more integrated patient-centred services delivered in the
community, and a stronger push on prevention and self-management,"
says Dr Coleman.
"We look forward to further engaging with the sector on the
draft Strategy. We also want to encourage feedback from the
The Ministry will be consulting on the draft Strategy and
Roadmap from 27 October to 4 December 2015. People are also
encouraged to take part in an online discussion forum. For more
The Health Strategy is expected to be released in the first half