Primary Health Organisations (PHOs)

Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) are funded by the District Health Boards to support the provision of essential primary health care services through general practices to those people who are enrolled with the PHO. In addition to general practice the PHOs provide healthcare services to their regions through Māori and mainstream primary healthcare providers. In the Bay of Plenty District Health Board's region there are three PHOs, namely Western Bay PHO, Nga Mataapuna Oranga PHO (Kaupapa Māori PHO) and the Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance.


Click below to find a GP/GP Practice in your PHO:


How they work

A PHO provides services either directly or through its provider members. These services should improve and maintain the health of the entire enrolled PHO population, as well as providing services in the community to restore people's health when they are unwell. The aim is to ensure GP services are better linked with other primary health services (such as allied health services) to ensure a seamless continuum of care, in particular to better manage long term conditions.


Registering with your PHO

Enrolment in a primary health organisation (PHO) is voluntary, but people are encouraged to join a PHO in order to gain the benefits associated with belonging to a PHO, which include cheaper doctors' visits and reduced costs on prescription medicines.

To enrol, usually you will have to sign a form which the doctor, nurse or medical centre receptionist will give you. The form will usually ask you for your personal details such as name, age, date of birth, address and ethnicity. The information collected at enrolment comes under the Privacy Act 1993 and the Health Information Privacy Code 1994, so the privacy of your information is protected.

Last updated: July 8, 2016