Our Health System

In Canterbury we're focused on delivering an integrated health system that keeps people healthy and well in their own homes by ensuring the right care is provided, in the right place, at the right time, by the right person.

The Canterbury health system is actively redesigning the way health services are delivered, putting the patient at the centre and enabling clinically-led service design to achieve this vision and to improve health outcomes for our populations. Underpinning the health system's strategic direction are three clear goals:

  • The development of services that support people/whānau to stay well and take greater responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.
  • The development of primary care and community services to support people/whānau in community based settings and provide a point of ongoing continuity (which for most will be general practice).
  • The freeing-up of hospital-based specialist resources to be responsive to episodic events, and the provision of complex care and support and specialist advice to primary care.

In Canterbury there are many initiatives in progress which are designed to change or develop health and social services.

The Canterbury Clinical Network alliance embodies the Canterbury health system's commitment to a whole of system approach and, with a foundation of strong clinical leadership and a patient-centred approach, is driving considerable system transformations across our health system.