About Planning and Funding

The Planning and Funding team is responsible for planning  to achieve health gain for the Lakes population.  The team gathers core research and information from many sources (including health needs and disability needs assessments, and clinical staff) and examines the evidence for effectiveness.  The group uses information from various sources along with commercial and financial considerations to plan and prioritise the services that should be offered to the people of the Lakes region.

The team is responsible for the planning and funding continuum, including relationship management through to contracting and performance monitoring.

The team coordinates programme and service development and the strategic and annual planning processes for the DHB.

The Planning and Funding team is also responsible for community engagement, consultation and liaison, ensuring community and consumer input to strategic planning.

What is "Population Health"?

District health boards have responsibility for "population health". So what exactly is meant by population health?

A comprehensive health system provides a range of services from "public health" at one end of the continuum to "personal health care" at the other end.

Public health can be defined as "collective action" to improve the health of a population.  The individual is generally not identified or focussed upon by the provider of public health services.

Personal health care can be defined as "individual action" to improve the health of an individual patient/health service consumer.  The patient population is not usually identified or considered very relevant to the practitioner providing a personal health service in the current New Zealand health system.

In these models described above, no organisation takes "collective responsibility" for providing individual action (i.e. comprehensive personal health care services) for whole populations. In New Zealand many organisations attempt to share this responsibility.  Under the DHB model, one organisation, the DHB, takes collective responsibility for integrating individual health care services for all individuals in a defined population.

A "population health" service emphasises both the individuals and the defined population.  This model is new to New Zealand and has significant implications for the structure and funding of health services.



7/05/2009 3:06 p.m.
Heather Black