Thursday 9th February 2017
Smoking Health Target Success in Bay of Plenty
Over 26,000 Bay of Plenty smokers have been given help to quit
during the past 15 months as a major health target is met for the
Every year the Ministry of Health sets District Health Boards
six health targets and tracks their progress against them
quarterly. Part of the Better Help for Smokers to Quit target is
that 90% of Primary Health Organisation (PHO) enrolled patients who
smoke are offered help to quit in the preceding 15 months.
This quarter, the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB)
achieved the target figure of 90% for the first time since it was
set in 2015 said Health Equity/Public Health Portfolio Manager
"The DHB congratulates the three PHOs and their general
practices for achieving the target for the first time and
recognises the additional efforts they have put in over recent
months," said Brian. "The target is that smokers are offered advice
and support on quitting and many will have accepted that offer and
are now living a smokefree life.
"Smoking remains one of the biggest causes of ill health across
the whole population, including the impact on babies and children,
as well as non-smoking adults. It is also the most important
unhealthy behaviour that causes health inequalities for Māori.
Having access to this advice, and making a decision to be smokefree
will impact on the lives of these people and their families over
the long term."
The collective target is an averaged figure based on the results
of the Bay's three PHOs: the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health
Organisation (WBOPPHO), Ngā Mataapuna Oranga (NMO) and the Eastern
Bay Primary Health Alliance (EBPHA).
The EBPHA's Smokefree Lead Lizzie Spence said she appreciated
the hard work put in by its general practices and their dedication
towards improving health.
"Hapainga Stop Smoking Service also provides free help to quit
in locations such as the home, marae or coffee shop," said Lizzie.
"It's fantastic that we are all working together towards an
empowered smokefree community."
The WBOPPHO's Phil Back also congratulated its general
"The WBOPPHO is pleased to have now reached this target for the
last two quarters and acknowledge the hard work undertaken within
our general practices to achieve a lift in performance of over 31%
in the last 12 months."
If smokers in the Bay of Plenty want to quit they should contact
their GP or nurse, or the BOP Stop Smoking programme "Hapainga" by
calling 0800 HAPAINGA (427246) for a free service.
The result follows the BOPDHB's recent announcement of its best
ever performance against the Ministry of Health's Shorter Stays in
Emergency Departments target. Over 96% of patients across Tauranga
and Whakatane hospitals were seen within the target waiting time of
six hours during the October-December 2016 quarter.
Bay of Plenty District Health Board
February 9, 2017