Northland’s DHB wants to involve locals in planning the next 20 years of healthcare in the region, through public discussion

Have your say on healthcare

by Andy Bryenton

Northland District Health Board is developing a new Health Strategy for Te Tai Tokerau, planned to last from 2020 through until 2040. Now they’re asking the public to have their say on what’s important to them in health services, and how locals want to see healthcare delivered in the next two decades.

The DHB’s leadership say that this strategy will provide high-level direction for delivering health services and improving wellbeing in our region into the future.

“The strategy will strongly emphasise the elimination of inequities in access to services, the way they are provided, and in health outcomes. The process includes broad community and organisational engagement, combined with health intelligence and alignment with government priorities and the National Health and Disability Review,” says NDHB communications manager Liz Inch.

“We’ve hosted community hui in Kaitaia, Hokianga, Kaeo, Kaikohe, Whangarei and Dargaville, as well as providing an online survey of which we have had a great response. Now we want to hear from you, in Maungaturoto.”

Locals are encouraged to come to the Maungaturoto Centennial Hall on February 14 between 11am and 2pm to have some input into the next 20 years of healthcare in the local area. Comments and suggestions can also be made online by visiting community.northlanddhb.org.nz/NHS/feedback.

“Your feedback is valuable, and you are welcome to respond as an individual, whanau, community collective or organisation,” says Liz. “We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at the community hui.”