Health targets are a set of national performance measures specifically designed to improve the performance of health services. The targets are determined by the Minister of Health and reviewed annually to ensure they align with government’s health priorities. Three of the six targets focus on patient access, and three focus on prevention.
The health targets provide a focus for action, forming part of our Board's set of top 10 priorities. The impact the targets make can be measured to see how they are improving health for our population:
Waitemata DHB Health Target Performance 2015/2016
Overview of Health Targets
Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments
95 percent of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an emergency department (ED) within six hours. The target is a measure of the efficiency of flow of acute (urgent) patients through public hospitals and home again.
Improved Access to Elective Surgery
The volume of elective surgery will be increased by at least 4000 discharges per year. Each DHB has negotiated local targets taking into consideration the health needs of their communities. Collectively these targets contribute to a national increase in elective surgery discharges. From quarter one 2015/16 the target now includes elective and arranged in-patient surgical discharges, regardless of whether they are discharged from a surgical or non-surgical specialty (excluding maternity).
Faster Cancer Treatment
85 percent 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 percent by June 2017.
(Note: This target replaced the previous target of "Shorter Waits for Cancer Treatment from Q2 2014/2015)
95 percent of infants aged eight months will have their primary course of immunisation (six weeks, three months and five months immunisation events) on time.
Better Help for Smokers to Quit
95 percent 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.
More Heart and Diabetes Checks
90 percent of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years.