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 2012/2013

Health Targets performance

Shorter 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.

Improved access to elective surgery

The number of elective surgery sessions will be increased by at least 4000 per year.  

Shorter waits for cancer treatment

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

Increased immunisation

By July 2013, 85 percent of eight-month-olds will have their primary course of immunisation (at six weeks, three months and five months) on time, increasing to 90 percent by July 2014 and 95 percent by December 2014.

Better help for smokers to quit

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

More heart and diabetes checks

90 percent of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years to be achieved in stages by 1 July 2014. The first stage was to achieve 60 percent by July 2012, and then 75 percent by July 2013.