The Minister of Health, Dr David Clark announced a wide-ranging review designed to future-proof our health and disability services appointing Ms Heather Simpson as Chair to lead the Review alongside an Expert Panel.

The scope of the Review is outlined in the Terms of Reference. The Review will consider the overall function of the Health and Disability system to ensure the system is better balanced towards wellness, access, equity, and sustainability.

The final recommendations will be delivered to Government March 2020.

Final Report released

The Final Report – Pūrongo Whakamutunga has now been released.

You can download the report or view the Executive Overview.

Message from the Chair

Tēnā koutou,

The Review is now complete and our final report is available. Putting this report together has involved a huge amount of effort from a wide range of contributors.

The Minister of Health commissioned the Review so the key recommendations are directed to Government. These are decisions the Government needs to make to allow the system to evolve into one which has the promise to change both the way New Zealanders view their health and disability system and in the level and equity of the outcomes it achieves.

I am confident that if the system changes proposed by the Review are implemented and funded over the next few years, the system will grow stronger, the outcomes will be more equitable and the overall system will be much more sustainable.

My sincere thanks go to all those who have contributed to the Review. A special acknowledgement to my colleagues on the Review Panel, and their commitment to delivering the best possible future for our health and disability system. Also thanks to the Review’s Māori Expert Advisory Group, whose input and experience has been greatly appreciated.

Naku iti nei
Heather Simpson

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