Health of Older People
The Bay of Plenty District Health Board's vision for older
people is: 'Healthy, independent and dignified ageing'. The
Board of BOPDHB has identified health of older people as a priority
and aims to be proactive in the management of services for the
future given the predicted population increase and the associated
high cost of care for this group
The Bay of Plenty's population is ageing, with the number of
people aged over 80 predicted to grow at a rate of approximately 6%
per annum. It is acknowledged that Māori develop age-related
conditions at an earlier age than average and that there are
disparities and inequalities in access to support and health
services by Māori. Kaumatua are very important in the
leadership echelons of māoridom/iwi. As such, programmes that
are culturally strong that can provide Māori models within service
delivery are an essential part of the support system of
Bay of Plenty District Health Board has developed a Health of
Older People strategy. The aim of this Strategy is to provide
direction to the Bay of Plenty health and disability sector by
identifying areas where the DHB intends to focus its time, energy
and resources in collaboration with our stakeholders. The content
of the Strategy will also inform our Annual and Regional Plans.
The objectives of the Strategy are to provide quality health and
disability services for our growing older population
- Promote, improve, and support healthy, independent and
- Have an integrated approach across the continuum of care.
- Reduce the demand on related high cost service expenditure to
levels that can be sustained within current financial
- Reduce duplication in the health system.
- Are simple, streamlined and efficient.
The Strategy does not include an implementation plan to achieve the
February 22, 2016