The National Health Board is made up of a Ministerial appointed Board and is supported by a branded National Health Board Business Unit (NHBBU) within the Ministry of Health.
The National Health Board (NHB) and its two subcommittees (the Capital Investment Committee and the IT Health Board) were established to improve the quality, safety and sustainability of health care for New Zealanders.
These committees, along with Health Workforce New Zealand (see below), work with the Ministry to consolidate planning, funding, workforce planning and capital investment, as well as supervise the billions of dollars in public funding spent on hospitals, primary health services and important national health services.
National Health Board
The NHB is appointed by the Minister, and is supported by a dedicated branded business unit within the Ministry of Health. The NHB is responsible for overseeing the NHB Business Unit's work programme, which includes:
- funding, monitoring and planning of DHBs, including annual planning and funding rounds
- the planning and funding of designated national services, including DHB regional service planning and arbitration over regional disputes
- stronger alignment of service, capital and capacity planning strengthening and accelerating the linkages between IT, workforce and facilities capacity investment
- supporting the Government initiative to reduce bureaucracy.
- See the National Health Board orgainsational structure (PDF, 48K)
- See the National Health Board reporting structure
- Meet the National Health Board members
Capital Investment Committee
The Capital Investment Committee is a sub-committee of the NHB. The Committee's primary objective is driving better investment decisions in the health system through planning and prioritisation for capital funding and investment in the health sector, along with advising on investment and infrastructure matters to support the Government's service planning direction.
IT Health Board
The IT Health Board, also a sub-committee of the NHB, provides strategic leadership on the implementation and use of information and information technology systems across the sector, and ensures IT strategy is reflected in capital allocation and capacity planning.
Health Workforce New Zealand
Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) has overall responsibility for planning and development of the health workforce, ensuring that staffing issues are aligned with planning on delivery of services and that New Zealand's health care workforce is fit for purpose. HWNZ is directed by an independent board comprising senior clinicians and health sector leaders, appointed by and reporting directly to the Minister of Health. Its day-to-day work is carried out by a unit within the NHB Business Unit, headed by a director who reports to the National Director. The work of the unit is divided into three areas: intelligence and planning; investment relationships and purchasing; and workforce innovation programmes.
Organisational relationship structure