The West Coast DHB’s Public Health Plan is a companion document to the West Coast DHB Annual Plan.
It presents the public health outcomes that the West Coast DHB’s Public Health Unit (Community and Public Health) works towards, as well as key priorities for the 13 programme areas under which this work is structured.
South Island Regional Health Services Plan 2014-2017
South Island Regional Health Services Plan 2013-2016
South Island Regional Health Services Plan 2012-2013
The West Coast has a higher percentage of smokers than the New Zealand average, with
25.7% of residents identified as regular smokers. The West Coast DHB has identified smoking
cessation as a key priority to improve the health and well-being of its residents. The West
Coast Smokefree DHB Programme is designed to provide leadership in tobacco control,
implement systems and strategies that support and advocate smokefree lifestyles, and to
support and encourage all health providers to establish and maintain smokefree premises and
This plan provides an outline of the West Coast environment, an overview of the current
smoking rates and exposure of West Coast children to second hand smoke, a stock take of
current smoking cessation services, the key issues, gaps and needs in the provision of
smokefree services, people and environments, the key target groups for smoking cessation
and an action plan for the West Coast Smokefree DHB Programme. Lastly, recommendations
are outlined for the provision of smoking cessation services across the West Coast.
The West Coast DHB’s 10-year plan for older persons services is an innovative and exciting change in focus for older persons’ services that we hope will make it easier for older people to stay fit and healthy and to get the health and support services they need.
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