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What are the overall quarter four 2011/12 health target results?

 

Nationally the results show excellent performance for the Shorter waits for cancer treatment and the Improved access to elective surgery targets, where all DHBs achieved their targets.  The Increased immunisation target reached 93.1 percent, compared with 67 percent when the target began five years ago.  The Better help for smokers to quit target was 93.6 percent and the Shorter stays in emergency departments target once again reached its highest ever position at 93.8 percent.  While the data for the More heart and diabetes checks target is still being reported as provisional, due to the way it is mapped from PHOs to DHBs, at the national level there has been positive improvement toward the target.

 

How did each health target perform?

Shorter stays in emergency departments

Results for the Shorter stays in emergency departments target are again the highest since the target was introduced, with a national result of 93.8 percent, a 0.3 percent performance increase compared with quarter three 2011/12. Of the 233,329 patient presentations to emergency departments this quarter, 218,783 were admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours.

 

Improved access to elective surgery

The national Improved access to elective surgery target has been achieved with 152,991 elective surgical discharges provided, against a 2011/12 target of 144,000 discharges.  This is 8991 (6 percent) more than planned. All DHBs have met their full year health target plan. 

 

Shorter waits for cancer treatment radiotherapy

All DHBs achieved the Shorter waits for cancer treatment target. Nationally, 100 percent of patients, who were ready for treatment, received their radiation treatment within four weeks of their first specialist radiation oncology assessment.

 

Increased immunisation

National immunisation coverage increased from 92.2 percent in quarter three 2011/12, to 93.1 percent against a target of 95 percent for the total population in the Increased immunisation health target. Of the 15,769 children eligible to be immunised in quarter four, 14,674 children were fully immunised by two years old. This result includes children who turned two years between 1 April and 30 June 2012 and who were fully immunised at that stage.

 

Better help for smokers to quit

The national result for the Better help for smokers to quit hospital target increased from 91.3 percent in quarter three to 93.6 percent of smokers being offered help and advice to quit nationally in quarter four 2011/12.  Over 35,900 hospitalised smokers have been identified in quarter four and 33,631 have received brief advice. Based on provisional data, performance for the primary care Better help for smokers to quit target has improved slightly in quarter four, with an increase of 3.2 percent to 34.4 percent for the verified results.

 

More heart and diabetes checks

The provisional national result for the More heart and diabetes checks target is 48.7 percent against a target that 60 percent of the eligible adult population will have had their cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk assessed in the last five years by 30 June 2012. This is an increase of 2.7 percent on last quarter.

 

Where can I find results for the diabetes measures from the previous health target?

Results for the diabetes indicators from the previous Better diabetes and cardiovascular services health target can be found on the web page www.health.govt.nz/healthtargets in the table titled Source data and comments from the Target Champions for quarter four.

 

Over what time period are the quarter four health target results calculated?

Results for the Improved access to elective surgery target reflect the cumulative total elective surgical discharges provided, during the twelve month period July 2011 to June 2012 against the full 2011/12 year plan.  All other health target results represent performance based on activity during the quarter April to June 2012.    

 

What are the health target changes for 2012/13?

From quarter one 2012/13 three of the current health targets will change.

The Shorter waits for cancer treatment target will be expanded to include patients needing chemotherapy for cancer, as well as radiotherapy.

The Increased immunisation target will change to 85 percent of eight month olds have their primary course of immunisation at six week, three month and five months on time by July 2013.

The Better help for smokers to quit target will be 95 percent of patients who smoke and are seen by a health practitioner in primary care or public hospitals, are offered brief advice and support to quit smoking.

Within the target a specialised identified group will include progress towards 90 percent of pregnant women who identify as smokers at the time of confirmation of pregnancy in general practice or booking with Lead Maternity Carer are offered advice and support to quit.  

The More Heart and Diabetes checks target is 90 percent to be achieved in stages by 1 July 2014.  From 1 July DHBs will be expected to achieve stage two of the target, 75 percent.

Last updated: August 13, 2015