DHB Health Targets

DHB Health Targets

Health Targets News

2016 - 2017 Health Target Results

How is the Southern DHB performing in 2016/2017 - click here    (will open a new browser window to the Ministry of Health - Health Targets 2016/17 )

Previous Health Target Results

Click here (will open a new browser window to the Ministry of Health - How is my DHB performing?)

Health targets are a set of national performance measures specifically designed to improve the performance of health services that reflect significant public and government priorities. They provide a focus for action.

The impact they make can be measured to see how they are improving health for all New Zealanders. Three of the six health targets focus on patient access, and three focus on prevention.

Health targets are reviewed annually to ensure they align with health priorities. The current targets are listed below.



Shorter stays in Emergency Departments   95 percent of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an Emergency Department (ED) within six hours.  
Improved access to elective surgery   the volume of elective surgery will be increased by an average 4,000 discharges per year.
Faster cancer treatment  

85% 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% by June 2017.

Increased immunisation

95% of 8-months-olds will have their primary course of immunisation (6 weeks, 3 months and 5 months immunisation events) on time.


Better help for smokers to quit  

90% of PHO enrolled patients who smoke have been offered help to quit smoking by a health care practitioner in the last 15 months.

95% 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.

90% of pregnant women who identify as smokers upon registration with a DHB-employed midwife or Lead Maternity Carer are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking.

Raising healthy kids   By December 2017, 95% of obese children identified in the B4 School Check programme will be offered a referral to a health professional for clinical assessment and family-based nutrition, activity and lifestyle interventions.


For more information please see the Health Targets page on the Ministry of Health website.