About your DHB
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) is one of 20
District Health Boards (DHBs) in New Zealand, and one of five DHBs
in the Midland region. We are charged with the responsibility of
delivering health services for the people of the Bay of Plenty.
As a DHB we believe that innovation in service delivery is
required to ensure the sustainability of public health services in
a financially constrained environment. We are a complex
organisation receiving annual revenue of $654M to provide and
fund a full range of health and disability support services in the
most efficient and effective way possible. Efficiency in the coming
years will require innovation and significant redesign and
reconfiguration to continue to provide a high level of service
within financial constraints.
A Large Land Mass and Diverse Population
Covering 9,666 square kilometres, our DHB serves a population
of 214,910 and stretches from Waihi Beach in the North West to
Whangaparaoa on the East Cape and inland to the Urewera, Kaimai and
Mamaku ranges. These boundaries take in the major population
centres of Tauranga, Katikati, Te Puke, Whakatane, Kawerau and
Opotiki. Eighteen Iwi are located within the BOPDHB area.
Our population has the second fastest growth rate of all New
Zealand's DHBs. Our total population growth in the planning period
2006 to 2026 is forecast to be 23.5%, higher than that for New
Zealand as a whole. The majority of the growth is expected to be in
the Western Bay of Plenty region (particularly Tauranga city) with
the Eastern Bay of Plenty expected to experience a static or
declining population. In this regard, 77% of our population resides
in the Western Bay of Plenty.
Meeting the Health Needs of the Bay of Plenty
Analysis of the health needs of people of the Bay of Plenty has
indicated the following priorities:
Disease of the respiratory system, bronchitis and asthma amongst
infants and young children, adults and older people.
Chronic obstructive airways disease amongst adults that is 10%
higher than national rates.
Acute bronchitis among infants and young children, especially
Diabetes and chronic renal disease (including diabetes renal
failure), that disproportionately affects Maori.
Cardiovascular disease, including ischaemic heart disease and
strokes that disproportionately affects Maori.
Smoking in pregnancy, with 25% of total pregnant women and 48%
of Maori pregnant women being recorded as smoking two weeks after
Oral health concerns, with only 9% of the BOPDHB population
living in fluoridated water supply areas.
Maori children and youth in the Bay of Plenty also have
substantially worse indicators for asthma, oral health and teenage
pregnancy. For acute rheumatic fever (and chronic rheumatic heart
disease), Maori rates are among the highest in the world.
The District Health Board's Services and Staffing
The BOPDHB's activities range from delivering health and
disability services through its public provider arm at hospitals in
Tauranga and Whakatane, community health and disability services,
and mental health services, through to support functions such as
the clinical directorate, corporate services, and information
management services, as well as planning health service
development, funding and purchasing both public and non-government
organisation health services for the region, and Maori health.
The BOPDHB has 2,700 full-time and part-time staff, including
1,230 nurses and nurse care assistants and 210 specialists and
doctors. The Governance Board has 11 members, including the
chairperson, who represent the people of the region.