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What will health services look like in the year 2030? This is something the District Health Board (DHB) has tried to keep in mind when allocating funding and planning new services and structures.

The Board have released an update to their 2008 Health 2030 Strategy and want feedback from interested parties by 5pm, 22 August 2012. The draft Health 2030 Update is on the <a href="http://www.nmdhb.govt.nz/Consultations.aspx">Nelson Marlborough DHB website</a>.

Key stakeholders were used to develop the original strategy which lays a foundation for DHB direction for the future. At the time four external "forces for change" were used to consider the dilemmas confronting many health systems.

These included the rising cost of health and disability support care and the rising expectations as people demand more from the health sector. These points had to be balanced with the limits on Government capacity to pay the costs of health care.

General Manager Strategy and Planning Dr Sharon Kletchko said, "This piece of work is the foundation that the next generation of health services will be built on."

She said the introduction of the new DHB Executive Leadership Team that has both specialists from hospitals and GP community representatives was built on the strategy that has a patient-centred approach.

She said part of the patient-centred approach is to deliver services in the community that were once only available in hospitals.

Dr Kletchko said the ability to map the human genome is also an important feature of health care that will change how we tailor care to the individual.

She said already this was happening with DNA typing of tumors that then pointed to which medication would be of most benefit to the patient. Whereas up until now patients with similar cancers received the same drugs.

Among the drivers for change that were considered in the Health 2030 Strategy Update this year were:

the introduction of new approaches to patient-centred clinically led services;

delivering on Government policy to offer 'better, sooner, more convenient' care;

care delivered through organised networks across hospital and community settings and across districts and regions;

actively reducing administrative duplicative and bureaucratic inefficiencies;

as well as ensuring organisational alliances to achieve a 'single system' care model.

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