Our Planning and Accountability Documents

Our Planning and Accountability Documents

Southern DHB undertakes an ongoing cycle of planning to identify how we will purchase and deliver health services within our available funding and how we will implement national, regional (South Island) and local health strategies to best meet the community's health needs and improve our population's health status.

The New Zealand Public Health and Disability Amendment Act 2010 (NZPHD Act) requires DHBs to address local, regional, and national needs.  This change to the Act has resulted in a change in the planning and accountability documents from previous years.  As part of this new process, Southern DHB is required to prepare and have agreed by the Minister of Health, several key accountability planning and report documents, as described below. 


 Annual Plan

Each DHB has a statutory responsibility to prepare an Annual Plan (AP) for approval by the Minister of Health (Section 38 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000) which provides accountability to the Minister.

The AP is the DHB's plan which aligns the DHB direction to national (Minister's Letter of Expectations, national policy), regional (SIHSP) and local priorities, provides clear actions on how we intend to deliver on our objectives, and how we will measure our success.

The AP is prepared each year for the financial year 1 July - 30 June.

Annual Report

The Annual Report is prepared annually and reports to Parliament and the public how Southern DHB has performed against the objectives and key performance indicators set within the Statement of Intent and the Annual Plan.

Delegation of Authority

This Policy sets the delegation of authority limits and all employees and Board members of Southern District Health Board ("the DHB"), including temporary employees and contractors to the DHB, must comply with this policy.


Southern Māori Health Profile

The Southern District Health Board Māori Health Profile 2015 focuses on the health status of Māori, and in particular where there are inequalities compared to non- Māori.