Health targets

Health targets are a set of 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 2015/2016

Waitemata DHB Health Target Performance 2015/2016

 

Overview of Health Targets

Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments

Health Targets: Shorter stays in emergency departments95 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.

Waitemata DHB Health Target Results for Shorter Stays in ED


Improved Access to Elective Surgery

Health Targets: Improved access to elective surgeryThe volume of elective surgery will be increased by at least 4000 discharges 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. From quarter one 2015/16 the target now includes elective and arranged in-patient surgical discharges, regardless of whether they are discharged from a surgical or non-surgical specialty (excluding maternity).

Waitemata DHB Health Target Results for Improved Access to Elective Surgery


Faster Cancer Treatment

Health Target: Faster Cancer Treatment85 percent of patients receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer and a need to be seen within 2 weeks by July 2016, increasing to 90 percent by June 2017.
(Note: This target replaced the previous target of "Shorter Waits for Cancer Treatment from Q2 2014/2015)

Waitemata DHB Health Target Results for Faster Cancer Treatment


Increased Immunisation

Health Target: Increase immunisation95 percent of infants aged eight months will have their primary course of immunisation (six weeks, three months and five months immunisation events) on time.

Waitemata DHB Health Target Results for Increased Immunisation


Better Help for Smokers to Quit

Health Target: Better help for smokers to quit95 percent of hospital patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in a public hospital are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking.

Waitemata DHB Health Target Results for Better Help for Smokers to Quit


More Heart and Diabetes Checks

Health Target: More Health & Diabetes Checks90 percent of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years.

Waitemata DHB Health Target Results for More Heart and Diabetes Checks