Healthy, thriving communities, Kia momoho te hāpori oranga towards 2027.

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board has developed a plan to meet the changing health needs of our communities for the next decade.

Chief Executive Helen Mason says, "The Bay of Plenty Strategic Health Services Plan sets the scene for what we need to focus on to support people in our communities to live healthy lives."

The plan has been developed with input from our staff; community-based health services, other support agencies and patient advocates.

"At the heart of this plan is the patient, families and whānau. Going forward we really need to improve the way our hospital services and health services provided in the community work together. Our aim is for people to get well, stay well and live well.

"To achieve this, we plan to strengthen our focus on providing integrated health services, bringing health services closer to the patient, and providing the right mix of health supports in the right place.

"Just like other parts of the country, the health needs of our people are changing. The population's increased the number of people living with diabetes and heart disease is increasing as is obesity and health conditions related to that. This plan will guide us to providing health services that better support people to stay well and manage their own health," says Helen Mason.

A health profile of Bay of Plenty DHB communities has identified priority groups: Māori, young children (the first 1000 days of life), vulnerable children and youth, vulnerable older people, and people with severe long-term mental health need and/or addiction issues. These groups have particular focus in the Bay of Plenty Strategic Health Services Plan to improve their health in the next ten years.

We need to improve the way we support people to manage their health. And when more help is required, our health services need to be able to respond quickly. When people are staying well and looking after their health, we're likely to see a drop in the number of patients needing hospital treatment.

We have also written a health and service profile titled Bay of Plenty Health and Service Profile 2016, and a summary of the profile. You can read the documents below:

Last updated: August 30, 2017