What does a district health board (DHB) do?
What does a district health board (DHB) do?    |    Who are DHBs accountable to?


What does a district health board (DHB) do?

District health boards (DHBs) are responsible for ‘improving, promoting and protecting’ the health of local residents and the communities in which they live. In line with this, the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is accountable to the Minister of Health, and responsible for around $215 million per year.
 
The WDHB has many legislative responsibilities as outlined in the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and the Crown Entities Act 2004. Our plans and performance are well documented and available to the public.
 
Currently around 62,000 people live in the Whanganui DHB area with the WDHB responsible for ’improving, promoting and protecting’ their health and the health of the communities in which they live. This involves assessing the health status of the district, and determining what funds we should direct to preventing illness (via primary health and public health service) while continuing to provide and improve our existing hospital and other specialist services.
 
We ensure health services are available to our communities either by contracting external providers (such as general practitioners (GPs), rest homes, dentists, pharmacists, and Maori and mental health providers) or by providing services directly (eg. hospital services) through our provider division, Whanganui Hospital. Some services provided directly by Whanganui DHB are for a larger region. This includes the Regional Forensic Mental Health Service.

We employ more than 970 people with assets, such as buildings and equipment, valued at around $63 million and total annual revenue of approximately $215 million.


Who are DHBs accountable to?


The board of Whanganui DHB is accountable to the Minister of Health.
 
The NZ Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and the Crown Entities Act 2004 are the pieces of legislation which govern DHBs.
 
Whanganui DHB is categorised as a Crown Agent under section 7 of the Crown Entities Act 2004.