Northland DHB was established under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act (2000), is categorised as a Crown Agent under section 7 of the Crown Entities Act 2004.
Responsible for providing, or funding the provision of, health and disability services for the people of Northland, the district health board covers a large geographical area from Te Hana in the south to Cape Reinga in the north.
It serves a projected population for 2010 of 157,420 and employs around 2,553 staff.
Acute services are provided through the district health board’s four hospitals, based at Whangarei, Dargaville, Kawakawa and Kaitaia, with elective surgery performed at Whangarei and Kaitaia. These services are supplemented by a network of community-based outpatient and mental health services, a range of allied health services and a public health unit.
Some specialist services like radiation treatment and rheumatology services are provided from Auckland or through visiting specialists travelling to Northland.
The district health board’s funding arm allocates funding across the health sector in Northland, contracting with a range of community-based service providers such as primary health organisations (PHOs), dentists, pharmacies and non-government organisations (NGOs).