New Zealand Health and Disability System Review

The Minister of Health, Dr David Clark announced a wide-ranging review designed to future-proof our health and disability services appointing Ms Heather Simpson as Chair to lead the Review alongside an Expert Panel.

The scope of the Review is outlined in the Terms of Reference. The Review will consider the overall function of the Health and Disability system to ensure the system is better balanced towards wellness, access, equity, and sustainability.

The final recommendations will be delivered to Government March 2020.

Interim Report released

The Interim Report – Pūrongo mō tēnei wā, has now been released.

You can download the report or view the Executive Overview.


Message from the Chair

Tēnā koutou,

Phase One of the Review is now complete, culminating in the release of our interim report. It will contain few surprises. It is clear from our work during this Phase – including what we have seen and heard from stakeholders and submitters – that we have many strengths in the existing system, but to be more equitable and sustainable then significant change has to happen.

The challenge and the opportunity we now have is to build on the strengths of the existing system, leveraging the commitment of those involved, to determine the best way forward. This includes clearly focusing on a more integrated health and disability system, with services designed around the wellbeing of the individual and their whānau, supported by a workforce and technology fit for the future.

There is no pause in proceedings. The Panel’s directions for change point to where we will be focusing our attention during Phase Two. We thank everyone who shared expertise and experience during Phase One and look forward to engaging further during this next Phase to develop our final recommendations for March 2020.

A special acknowledgement to my colleagues on the Review Panel, and their commitment to delivering the best possible future for our health and disability system: Shelley Campbell, Professor Peter Crampton, Dr Lloyd McCann, Dr Margaret Southwick, Dr Winfield Bennett and Sir Brian Roche. Also thanks to the Review’s Māori Expert Advisory Group led by Sharon Shea, whose input and experience has been greatly appreciated.

Naku iti nei
Heather Simpson

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