Waitemata DHBThursday 30 August 2012, 3:09PM
Media release from Waitemata DHB
Waitemata DHB has continued its stratospheric rise in performance
against the Government's national health targets.
Results for the fourth quarter of 2011/12 (April to June) released
by the Ministry of Health today confirm that the DHB has achieved
five of the six health targets, and is very close to achieving the
new health target of more heart and diabetes checks.
As the only DHB to place in the top 8 (out of 20 DHBs) across all
health targets for the quarter, chief executive officer Dr Dale
Bramley says the results cap off another remarkable 12 months of
growth for the DHB.
"The 2011/12 financial year saw the largest expansion of our
facilities and services since the DHB first came into
"Our overall performance against the health targets has also
dramatically improved, with Waitemata achieving the emergency
department, immunisation and quit smoking targets for the first
time over the last 12 months."
The results augur well for the DHB's goal of being one of the best
performing in the country.
"The potential that was always inherent within the organisation is
now being realised," says Dr Bramley. "But it simply couldn't have
been possible without the commitment and hard work of all our
Waitemata DHB's results for the fourth quarter are as below:
• Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments - 97%
• Improved Access to Elective Surgery - 108%
• Shorter Waits for Cancer Treatment - 100%
• Increased immunisation - 95% (target
• Better help for smokers to quit - 97% (target
• More heart and diabetes checks - 56% (target
Dr Bramley says the achievement of the immunisation target over
the fourth quarter is a tremendous achievement for the DHB.
"We know that around 5% of people in our community prefer not to
be immunised, so in getting 95% of our district's two year olds
fully immunised, we've actually reached nearly every single child
in our district.
"Our success in this area is in large part due to the support of
the primary care sector, in particular the efforts of our
district's two PHOs, ProCare and Waitemata."
In the elective surgery target, the DHB achieved 15,710 discharges
for the 11/12 financial year - more than 900 discharges ahead of
the yearly target of 14,771. The year on year increase in surgical
production meant that the DHB delivered one quarter of all new
elective volumes across New Zealand over the last financial
"The substantial improvements in our performance reflects the
commitment we have made to strive for excellence in all the health
services we provide our communities," says Dr Bramley.
Health targets were initiated by the Ministry of Health as a set
of national performance measures designed to improve health
services across New Zealand. Introduced to the New Zealand
health system in 2007/08, health targets are reviewed annually to
determine trends, gaps and success factors - and to ensure they
align with government health priorities.
Ranking of DHBs' performance is part of the ministry's quarterly
health reporting process. The results are publicly available