National Programmes

National Hospital Quality and Productivity Programme

This District Health Board initiative assists DHB Chief Operating Officers to identify areas for performance improvement. This program undertakes quarterly reporting of a suite of fifteen indicators that reflect quality, service standard, and productivity in New Zealand’s public hospitals.

The majority of reports are based on the national collections, while a sequence of five productivity reports are based on collection of District Health Board finance data aligned with service groupings. The productivity indicators provide District Health Boards with a wealth of comparative information and service weights are used to ensure proper alignment between volume and expenditure measurements. Indicators based on national collections data present both raw and standardised forms, allowing sensible comparison across DHBs.

These reports, released via a secure extranet, provide some powerful tools to assist improving performance in our hospitals. They include time series at quarterly steps back to the first quarter of 2009/10, as well as indicator views for service groups, facility, age, and for the District Health Board  overall.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Sharkey
Team Leader, Business Intelligence
Phone: 04 801 2566
Mobile: 027 809 9342

National Laboratory Schedule and Test Guidelines

Pathologists and relevant specialists in the field of chemical pathology, haematology, microbiology, immunology, anatomic pathology and genetics met to review tests in their particular field.

The documents below provide the outcome of their work and recommendations for local implementation.


National Cost Collection and Pricing Programme (NCCPP)

This is a joint programme between the Ministry of Health and District Health Boards which has the responsibility of recommending inter-district flow prices for services in public hospitals. This work is based on annual collections of public hospital cost data, some of which is collected at event level. This is a large collection with significant alternative uses in areas such as benchmarking and performance improvement. It is regarded as valuable to District Health Boards that this data be available to pursue further possible benefits.

Specific elements of the National Cost Collection and Pricing Programme include components of the wider hospital funding model, such as:

  • Casemix cost weights;
  • The tertiary adjuster pool, its size and its distribution;
  • Reviews of prices for non-casemix funded services; and
  • Development of a price book for all services where an IDF price is needed.

The wider circle of activity round this program is valuable in its connection with the other hospital-related work undertaken by our work streams, especially in areas such as benchmarking and performance improvement.

For more information, please contact: 

Michael Rains
Principal Analyst
Phone: 04 803 5826

National Oral Health

We support New Zealand's District Health Boards through the national provision of:

  • Secretariat services to the governance group that oversees publicly-funded oral health services for adolescents, and specialist dental services for children and adolescents (the "Combined Dental Agreement (CDA)".


For more information, please contact: 

Sat Narayan
Project Manager, Planning and Improvement
Phone: 04 801 2462