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Having your say in health and disability: New Zealand communities can have a direct say ...

Why consult: Informed consultation assists DHBs, health service providers, and the public to ...

Plans: Each of the 21 DHBs is required to enter into a funding arrangement ...

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Each of the 21 DHBs is required to enter into a funding agreement with the Crown, and publish an annual plan and a long term strategic plan.
The district strategic plan (DSP) looks at the direction the DHB wants to take in a five to ten year time frame.

DHBs must consult on the DSP. The plan must be consistent with national strategies and be reviewed every three years. If a DHB makes significant amendments, it must consult with the public on these changes.

District annual plans must also be produced and made publicly available. The annual plan must be consistent with the district strategic plan. These annual plans are more about what the DHB intends to do in the current year, and how that relates to the DSP and the proposed funding for those activities. They also include the expected performance and how that performance will be measured.
The consultation process for producing the DSP allows communities to have a voice in the selection, type and mix of health services provided for their population. During 2002, DHBs consulted with the public on their district strategic plans.




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