Ministry of Health targets


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.  Read more about the Health Targets.

2016/17 Health Targets

Health Target Results Q1 2016/17 (PDF 151KB)

Health Target Results Q2 2016/17 (PDF 149KB)


Health Target Results Q4 2015/16 (PDF 111KB)

Health Target Results Q3 2015/16 (PDF 125 KB)

Health Target Results Q2 2015/16

Health Target Results Q1 2015/16 (PDF 101KB)

The target
Why its important Target met? Compare 2014/15
Shorter Stays in ED
95% 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. Thumbs up Happy face
Improved Access to Elective Surgery The volume of elective surgery will be increased by at least 4000 discharges per year. Elective surgery operations improve the quality of life for patients suffering from significant medical conditions. Each DHB negotiated how many operations it would perform to achieve the overall increase to the national target. Thumbs up Happy face
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. Prompt investigation, diagnosis and treatment is more likely to ensure better outcomes for cancer patients and an assurance about the length of waiting time can reduce the stress on patients and families at a difficult time. Thumbs down A new target from 1 July 2014. No DHB has achieved the target yet. We are making changes to ensure our people
get faster cancer treatment.


Increased immunisation 95% of eight-month-olds have their first course of immunisation at six weeks, three months and five months on time. Immunisation can prevent a number of vaccine preventable diseases. It not only provides individual protection but also population-wide protection by reducing the incidence of infectious diseases and preventing spread to vulnerable people. Thumbs down Neutral face

Better help  for smokers to quit The target is 95% of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in public hospitals, and 90% of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in primary care, are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking.

Smoking kills an estimated 5000 people in New Zealand every year, and smoking-related diseases are a significant opportunity cost to the health sector. In Tairāwhiti 10,305 (82% of the population) of fewer than 18 year olds live in a household where they, or at least one other person, smoke. Most smokers want to quit, and there are simple and effective ways we can assist.

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More heart and diabetes checks

90% of eligible people will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes heart attacks and strokes which are both preventable with lifestyle advice and treatment for those at moderate or higher risk. This group of conditions is the leading cause of poor health in NZ. It disproportionately affects Māori, Pacific and Southeast Asians. Thumbs up Neutral face