This report intends to highlight on the key organisational aspects of District health boards (DHBs) in New Zealand. Being one of the most popular healthcare organisations of New Zealand, DHBs are focused on offering innovative and effective healthcare services to the local community. In this organisation, achievement culture and support culture are quite prominent. The organisational board has the ensured the best performance of DHB. Sustainability and robust risk management are some of the most important aspects of organisational accountability of DHB. However, in order to align with the organisational culture, the managers of DHBs are required to focus on team bonding and motivation of the employees.
1.0 Overview of the organisation
District health boards (DHBs) are New Zealand based healthcare organisations set up under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 (Ministry of Health, 2016a). The organisation is committed to provide the best possible health and disability services to the people within a specified geographical area. The organisation has started its operation since 1st January 2001, after the above act has been passed by the New Zealand government (Ministry of Health, 2016a). Based on the recent record, 20 DHBs have been operated in New Zealand (Ministry of Health, 2016a). The performance of each of the DHBs has been monitored by 11 members. DHB boards formulate the entire strategic direction for the organisation and help it to achieve the goals. DHBs obtain public funding from the Ministry of Health on behalf of the Crown. The funding is allocated according to the total population, age, socio-economic condition and diverse ethnicity (Ministry of Health, 2016a). Some of the most effective DHBs of New Zealand are Auckland DHB, Bay of Plenty, MidCentral, Waikato etc.
Part 1: 2.0 Strategic alignment of the organisation
The mission of DHB is to manage the health and wellbeing of the local community (Waikto District Health Board, 2015). In addition, the organisation is also committed to offer excellent care of the people through smarter and innovative services.
The vision of DHB is to improve the health of the concerned people with the excellent care (Waikto District Health Board, 2015).
From the vision and mission statement of the organisation, it can be inferred that DHB is devoted to support the people of the allocated geographical area in staying fit and healthy. Moreover, the organisation has also committed to treat the sick people promptly and effectively with care.
In order to achieve the goals, the organisation has focused on continuous improvement (Waikto District Health Board, 2015). In addition, DHB has been promoting the integration of health services (both the primary and secondary services). In order to meet with the local, regional and national needs of the people, the DHBs are committed to deliver the healthcare services in most effective and efficient ways. DHBs are also operating in such a manner that can help the disable persons of the community to participate in the social activities independently. Moreover, DHBs are focused on reducing in disparities in the healthcare services (Waikto District Health Board, 2015).
The five core values of DHB are mentioned as under:
• To offer and earn respect from the local community.
• To listen to the problem of the public and talk with them.
• Fair treatment to all the concerned people.
• To maximise good for the people.
• To become stronger in terms of team work and accountability.