The Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation is focused on keeping people well in their communities.
We help to plan, fund and coordinate healthcare alongside professionals such as family doctors, nurses and hauora workers at general practices, medical centres and community clinics.
We receive funds from our local district health board and elsewhere to provide these services.
And we do more than just care for people who are unwell – we also help people to stay healthy with free programmes such as breast and cervical screening, smoking cessation, diabetes management and immunisation.
We also provide free healthcare for 13 to 18-year-olds in school health clinics across the region, and free nurse-led health clinics at local marae and community centres.
We aim to provide high quality service and ensure everyone has access to primary healthcare where, and when they need it.
This is achieved through strong leadership and our partners working together to benefit their communities.
The PHO became operational on 1 October 2003 and has more than 160,000 people enrolled through its 31 general practices from Katikati to Whakatāne.
MEET THE TEAM
In 2020 the Western Bay of Plenty PHO looked at what drives us as an organisation.
The resulting picture beautifully defines our ‘why’ and our vision, purpose, mission and core beliefs.
We revised our Vision and Values in 2022 to further define our core values.
TE TOI HUAREWA
Te Toi Huarewa is the Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation’s health strategy – our vision from 2020. It is a living document that will continue to evolve, and enable us to respond to current and future challenges.
MĀORI HEALTH EQUITY
Western Bay of Plenty PHO is committed to achieving equity of health outcomes for Māori.
The Ministry of Health definition of equity is:
In Aotearoa New Zealand, people have differences in health that are not only avoidable but unfair and unjust. Equity recognises different people with different levels of advantage require different approaches and resources to get equitable health outcomes.
The definition is designed to:
- fit the New Zealand context
- align with Te Tiriti o Waitangi obligations to go beyond just remedying disadvantage and reducing inequities, enabling Māori to flourish and lead their aspirations for health
- be principle based
- be inclusive enough to incorporate all possible dimensions of equity (indigenous, socio-economic, geographically, disability, etc.)
- reflect the international literature on equity
- reflect the definition put forward by the World Health Organization.
Having a common understanding of equity is an essential foundation for a coordinated and collaborative effort to achieve equity in health and wellness.
Equity and equality are two strategies we can use to produce fairness. Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equality is treating everyone the same. Equality aims to promote fairness, but it can only work if everyone starts from the same place and needs the same help.
Key Strategies and Reports
He Korowai Oranga: Māori Health Strategy
The strategy sets the direction for Māori health development in the health and disability sector. The strategy provides a framework for the public sector to take responsibility for the part it plays in supporting the health status of whānau. The overall aim of He Korowai Oranga is whānau ora – Māori whānau supported to achieve their maximum health and wellbeing.
WAI 2575 Health Services and Outcomes Kaupapa Inquiry
The Waitangi Tribunal’s kaupapa inquiry programme, initiated in 2016, is an ongoing inquiry into the ways the Crown has responded to health inequities experienced by Māori and is designed to provide a pathway to hear nationally significant claim issues that affect Māori as a whole or a section of Māori in similar ways. The stage one inquiry was a discrete and targeted inquiry into the legislative and policy framework of the primary healthcare system. The release of the Stage one WAI 2575 Report Hauora recommends significant changes to ensure commitment to achieving health outcomes for Māori.
For more useful information so the Ministry of Health page: Māori Health.
WHO OWNS THE WBOP PHO
We are a joint venture partnership between Ngai Te Rangi iwi, Ngati Ranginui iwi, and Western Bay of Plenty Primary Care Providers Inc (Provider Inc).
Provider Inc is an umbrella organisation for general practices and organisations involved with podiatry, asthma/respiration, hauora, and mental health.
We operate with the appproval of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.
We are governed by a board of elected or appointed directors.
Western Bay of Plenty Primary Care Providers Inc Representatives
Dan McIntosh (Co-Chair)
Dr Symon Roberton
The WBOP PHO Annual Reports are a summary of the successes and challenges of each year, and a look ahead at our future direction.
VIEW ANNUAL REPORTS
WHERE WE WORK
We support community health care services and general practices in Tauranga, Whakatāne, Katikati, Te Puke and most surrounding areas.
Our office is located at First Avenue, Tauranga.
Western Bay of Plenty Primary Health Organisation
P: 07 577 3190
87 First Avenue, Tauranga, Tauranga
PO Box 13225, Tauranga 3141