Health System Plan
Health System Plan
In 2017 Waikato DHB developed the vision of “Healthy people. Excellent care” along with some priorities that would help us to deliver on the vision. To get closer to this vision we have to look at how our health system is working now and how we need it to work in the next 10 years.
The result is called a Health System Plan.
We know we have to make some big changes to meet the challenges of the future and to have a health system that works for our people. Most importantly, we want to design those changes with our communities and the people who use our services.
Through July and August 2018 we held a series of wānanga, focus groups and consumer interviews to get ideas and input from our communities and service users. A big thank you to everyone who shared their experiences, knowledge and ideas. Since then we have distilled those community and individual voices into some clear themes that have helped us develop a draft Health System Plan.
Our next step will be to go back to our communities with that draft in April 2019 to check we’ve got it right, and to hear any further ideas.
What did people say?
Overall, people said that by 2028 they’d like Waikato health services to be:
- Focussed on wellness and wellbeing
- Focussed on the needs of service users, not the services’ needs
- Equitable and fair for everyone regardless of ethnicity, sex, age or where people live
- Joined up health services with smooth links between health and other social services
- Designed with the people who use them.
The feedback translated into six goals with action areas underneath:
- Partnering with Māori in the planning and delivery of health services
- Empowering whānau to achieve wellbeing
- Supporting community aspirations and addressing the determinants of health
- Improving access to services
- Enhancing the capacity and capability of primary health care
- Strengthening intermediate care
We will focus our work in these six areas to address what is needed in communities to support people to stay well and live well with their health needs and to have better more affordable health services.
Look out for announcements about the publication of the draft report in April 2019 and the next stage of community consultation.
If you want more information contact the project team: HealthSystemPlan@waikatodhb.health.nz