Key Documents

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WDHB Annual Report 2017-18 Quality Account 2017-18 (PDF, 6.7MB)
The WDHB Quality Account provides an overview of how our local health system works, the staff who provide our services, and the impact they have on patients and their

WDHB Annual Report 2017-18 Annual Report 2017-18 (PDF, 9MB)
The WDHB Annual Report shows how the Whanganui District Health Board performed and provides a detailed account of how the budget was managed.

WDHB Annual Report 2017-18 Whanganui DHB Maternity and Maternity Quality & Safety Programme Annual Report 2017-18 (PDF, 1.74MB)
The main intent of the programme is to ensure that the highest possible standard of maternity services and best outcomes are achieved for all mothers and their babies.

WDHB Annual Report 2017-18 WDHB Maternity and Maternity Quality & Safety Programme 2017-18 Poster (PDF, 849KB)
An easy to use visual guide detailing the main findings of Whanganui DHB's Maternity and Maternity Quality & Safety Programme Annual Report 2017-18. JPEG version available here (JPEG, 631KB)


Whanganui District Health Board Pro Equity Check-Up Report

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the community residing in our health district. It is clear from our data and the experiences of Māori whānau /families using our health system that improving Māori health and achieving equity for Maori is the primary and most urgent equity challenge for us.


A pro-equity check –up (audit) was conducted August – December 2018. The purpose of the pro equity check- up ­was to assess how well we are embedding a pro-equity approach into our work. The primary focus of the check – up is to identify opportunities and create a strong foundation for our DHB as we work towards equity. To provide a clear-eyed view on where we are at, and provide practical advice on where to focus our efforts for the most sustained impact.


We need to back up what we are already doing with pro-equity action. The report recommendations include eleven findings grouped in four themes: organisational leadership and accountability for equity; Māori workforce and Māori health and equity capability; transparency in data and decision making and authentic partnership with Māori.

WDHB Annual Report 2017-18 WDHB Public Health Service Annual Plan 2018-19 (PDF, 873KB)
The Whanganui DHB Public Health Service Annual Plan 2018/19 is committed to delivering on Government health and priority targets.
Annual Plan 2018-19 including Statement of Performance Expectations (PDF, 1MB)
Each year the Board identifies what will be achieved over the next 12 months and documents it in its Annual Plan and Statement of Performance Expectations.

WDHB System Level Measures Plan 2018-19   (PDF, 963KB)

The Ministry of Health has worked with the health sector to co-develop a suite of system level measures to support the whole of system view of performance described in the New Zealand Health Strategy.

Regional Services Plan 2017-18    (PDF, 2MB)
The purpose of the RSP is to provide debate, direction and decisions about clinical services in the central region. For more information visit
WDHB Maori Health Profiles 2015   (PDF, 1MB)
District Health Board (DHB) Māori Health Profiles help to create a picture of the health status of a DHB’s population at a given time. They can be used to support the Māori Health Plans for DHBs, and planning within other health organisations.

Whanganui DHB Maori Health Profiles 2015 Data Tables
Tatau Kahukura: Maori Health Chart Book 2015, 3rd edition
WDHB Maori Health Profiles 2015   (PDF, 1MB)
District Health Board (DHB) Māori Health Profiles help to create a picture of the health status of a DHB’s population at a given time. They can be used to support the Māori Health Plans for DHBs, and planning within other health organisations.
WDHB Health Emergency Plan 2014-16
WDHB emergency preparedness is necessarily progressive, continuously moving the organisation toward greater resilience. This plan provides a framework to guide the management of an emergency or disaster.
Sudden Death Protocol   (PDF, 1MB)
The Sudden Death Protocol agreement sets out the roles and expectations in the management of tupapaku (a deceased person) while providing a framework to help manage the process.
Health Needs Assessment 2015   (PDF, 5MB)
The objective of a Health Needs Assessment is to inform the community, service providers and other agencies of the health needs of the district.
centralAlliance Foundation Agreement   (PDF, 0.1MB)
The centralAlliance is a collaborative agreement between Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards to maximise their resources and knowledge. This agreement drives the two DHBs' efforts to develop clinically-led, collaborative health services and more effective and efficient shared support services with common objective being to achieve improved health outcomes for their DHB populations.
Huarahi Oranga: Maori Health Strategy 2007-2012   (PDF, 1MB)
The purpose of the Maori Health Strategy is to guide the planning, purchasing and delivery of health services in the district to improve Maori health outcomes and reduce inequalities.
Aged Related Residential Care Agreement   (PDF, 1MB)
This national agreement outlines the requirements for Aged Related Residential Care.
WDHB Paid Family Carer Policy for Home-based Care WDHB-6000 v1
This Paid Family Carer Policy details the circumstances in which Whanganui DHB will pay an eligible family member for providing home-based care services to an eligible person.
Maternity Quality & Safety Programme Strategic Plan 2012-2015 (PDF, 1MB)
The Maternity Quality & Safety Programme (MQSP) aims to enhance safety for women, babies, families and whanau, and for service providers living and working in Whanganui and MidCentral districts.
The Health of Children with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities in MidCentral and Whanganui (PDF, 4MB)
This report is the third of a three-part series on the health of children and young people in MidCentral and Whanganui DHB regions.