The changes being made to our health system include a new national approach to improve how healthcare is delivered in communities.
This new approach, referred to as localities, will focus on avoiding people getting sick and helping whānau stay well, give iwi and communities a strong voice in deciding what’s needed in their local area, and get different health and wellbeing organisations working together better to improve people’s experiences of healthcare.
The new approach will replace the way things are currently done through District Health Boards and Primary Healthcare Organisations. The people doing this work now will still be involved, but they will work differently.
Iwi and the local community will determine their own geographic area that will become the ‘locality’. The areas will be small enough to still have a local feel for the people that live there. Everyone in Aotearoa will fit into a locality that reflects their community.
It is the work that happens within the area, or locality, that will make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing:
Things will be different for people once these areas are up and running:
For more information on localities and the first areas that will roll out the locality approach, read this fact sheet: Localities Update for the Health Sector - April 2022 [PDF, 1.2 MB].