The DHB is
required to prepare, and agree with the Minister of Health, a number of planning
and accountability documents. The figure below shows those that DHB is
responsible for and how these documents inter-relate and fit in the
broader accountability environment:
Needs Assessment (or Analysis) – is the analysis of the community’s utilisation
of health services, their morbidity and mortality and other components which
provide the DHB with a picture of the health needs of the community served.
Counties Manukau DHB developed a comprehensive Health Profile (or health needs
assessment) in 2001/02 which is updated annually.
Strategic Plan – has a 5 to 10 year focus and is developed based on the health
needs assessment, the New Zealand Health and Disability Strategies, feedback
from the community as part of a formal consultation process and progress and
changes since the previous District Strategic Plan. This document is reviewed
every 3 years.
Annual Plan - has a one year focus, but also considers the subsequent two
years. This document is based on the strategic direction described in the
District Strategic Plan.
Funding Agreement – is the contract between the DHB and the Minister of Health
which links the District Annual Plan to the funding provided by the Minister of
Health and the performance required from the DHB.
of Intent – has a three year focus and is the formal accountability document
between the DHB and parliament. The performance against the financial and
non-financial expectations described in the Statement of Intent are reported at
year end in the Annual Report.
planning documents which provide more detailed strategies for
priority areas and programmes or initiatives e.g. Let’s Beat Diabetes Plan,
Plan, and the Youth Health Plan. These plans also assist in the development of
the District Strategic Plan and District Annual Plan.