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The Funding Process


The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) is funded by the Government to provide health and disability services to the people of the Bay fo Plenty region.

Each year the Government allocates money to District Health Boards according to a formula based on population characteristics, for example the number of people who live in rural areas, have low income, or are from disadvantaged groups.

The Planning and Funding Division of the BOPDHB is responsible for planning and purchasing health and disability services across the Bay of Plenty district. What services get purchased depends on the health needs of the population, what is clinical best practice at the time, as well as priorities set both locally and by the Minister of Health. Population Health needs are determined via health needs assessments.

The core responsibilities of the Planning and Funding Division are:

  • Assessing our population's current and future health needs.
  • Determining the best mix and range of services to be purchased.
  • Building partnerships with service providers, Government agencies and other DHBs.
  • Engaging with our stakeholders and community.
  • Leading the development of new service plans and strategies in health priority areas.
  • Prioritising and implementing national health and disability policies and strategies in relation to local need.
  • Undertaking and managing contractual agreements with service providers.
  • Monitoring, auditing and evaluating service delivery.

The Planning and Funding Division enters into service agreements or arrangements with appropriately qualified and capable health providers who can best provide the health and disability services required to meet the needs of our population, achieve the objectives of the BOPDHB and enhance efficiencies across the whole of the health system. Provider selection is done according to the procurement policies of the BOPDHB. 

Last updated: September 21, 2015