Whanganui DHB Official Information Act (OIA) responses

As appropriate, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) proactively publishes responses to Official Information Act (OIA) requests on this page after sending the response to each requestor. ​


Responses detail the information being released and explain what information, if any, has been withheld and under which grounds of the OIA. The requestor's name and address are removed from all responses published ​on this website.



Official Information Act 1982 (OIA)



Please note: Requests for health information by an individual about themselves or family/whanau members will be managed as a Privacy Act request – For general health record queries, phone 06 348 1277 or email clinicalrecordsrequest@wdhb.org.nz


Office hours are Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm.


For mental health record queries - please phone 06 348 3485 or email mentalhealth.privacyrequests@wdhb.org.nz



Making an OIA request for information held by the Whanganui DHB

Before making an OIA request, it may be useful to view information on the Whanganui District Health Board’s website, www.wdhb.org.nz. Whanganui District Health Board publishes useful information online on a regular basis such as:

  • Annual reports and plans
  • Media releases, key projects and initiatives.


The Ministry of Health publish a considerable amount of information on their website, so you may want to check the information you are after is not already publicly available before making a request.





If you wish to make a request for information held by the Whanganui District Health Board please send an email to oia@wdhb.org.nz


Whanganui District Health Board will make and communicate a decision on your request as soon as reasonably practicable and no later than 20 working days after it was received (unless an extension is agreed).


We may extend the maximum time limit for transferring a request or making a decision and communicating it to you, if your request is for a large quantity of information or consultation is needed to make a decision on your request. Any extension must be for a reasonable period of time in the circumstances.


If you decide to amend or clarify your request, the amended or clarified version will be considered to be a new request and the 20 working days will start from the day after this new request is received.


In order to assist Whanganui District Health Board, and ensure you receive the correct information, be as specific as you can in identifying the information you want. The information you request must be specified with 'due particularity' - meaning that Whanganui District Health Board must be able to identify the information you have asked for. Any request that lacks due particularity will not be valid. If this is the case, we may contact you to clarify your request.


If you do not receive a response to your request for official information within the statutory time limit, or you are unhappy with the response you receive, you can complain to the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman’s role is to “investigate and review” the agency’s decision (or lack of decision) on your request. The Ombudsman can be contacted via their website: http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/


Whanganui District Health Board recent responses to OIA requests

Please see the links below for Whanganui DHB OIA responses from 1 October 2018 onwards.

Medicines New Zealand Hospital Pharmaceuticals
Medicines New Zealand Hospital Pharmaceuticals | Published 8 October
Complaints made against DHB staff
Complaints made against DHB staff | Published 4 October
Maori providers criteria and lists of providers
Maori providers criteria and lists of providers | Published 4 October
Psychologists | Published 16 October
Zero suicide aspirational policy
Zero suicide aspirational policy | Published 10 October