This page provides copies of key Nelson Marlborough Health planning documents, before we moved to Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand and planning documents became nationalised.


The Nelson Marlborough Health annual plan outlines the key activities planned for the Nelson Marlborough health system over the coming financial year (1 July to 30 June). It also explains our strategic context and how our intended activity an​d outputs relate to our vision and the achievement of our long-term goals for improving the health of our community.

Before 2019, the annual plan incorporated a statement of intent (performance targets and measures) and a statement for performance expectations. From 2019, these statements are published as separate documents. 

The System Level Measures (SLMs) Framework aims to improve health outcomes for people by supporting DHBs to work in collaboration with health system partners (primary, community and hospital) using specific quality improvement measures. It provides a foundation for continuous quality improvement and system integration. For more information about SLMs, visit the Ministry of Health website.

Current SLMs

The Ministry of Health worked closely with the health sector to co-develop the SLMs, which are:

  • Ambulatory Sensitive Hospitalisation (ASH) rates for 0–4 year olds (keeping children out of hospital)
  • acute hospital bed days per capita (using health resources effectively)
  • patient experience of care (person-centred care) – this is made up of adult inpatient and primary care patient experience surveys. Further information and reports can be found on the Health Quality & Safety Commission website.
  • amenable mortality rates (prevention and early detection)
  • babies living in smoke-free homes (a healthy start)
  • youth access to and utilisation of youth appropriate health services (youth are healthy, safe and supported). This SLM is made up of five domains with corresponding outcomes and national health indicators.

The Nelson Marlborough Māori health plan describe how to strengthens the partnership between Nelson Bays Primary Health, Marlborough Primary Health and Māori health provider Te Piki Oranga. These organisations have a collective intent to improve health disparities for Māori living in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions.

The Nelson Marlborough Health Public Health Service (PHS) annual plan describes the services that the Ministry of Health (MoH) will fund the PHS to deliver.  

Public Health Service plans

Health needs assessment plans offer a high-level snapshot of people in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough region. These plans are informed by data from the New Zealand Census, Ministry of Health, regional primary health organisations and Nelson Marlborough Health.

Health needs assessment plans inform a health services plan, which describes how we will provide an effective and efficient health service to meet local, regional, and national needs and reduce health disparities.

The Nelson Marlborough Health Community Pharmacy Strategic Plan 2019-2025 was approved by the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board in early 2020 after wide consultation during 2019. 

Any party wishing to apply for an Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreement should contact:

Jo Mickleson
Pharmaceutical Services Manager
Nelson Marlborough Health
Email: [email protected]
DDI: 03 5461310
Mobile: 021 555 004

Moratorium on applications until 28 February 2022

In July 2021 Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB) agreed to place a moratorium on applications for Integrated Community Pharmacy Services Agreements (ICPSA).

The moratorium will be in place until 28 February 2022. The main reasons for the moratorium were two-fold:

1. It is preferable to wait for clear guidance from the Government about the Health NZ community pharmacy model. Health NZ is the new agency that will replace all district health boards from 1 July 2022. 

2. The current process around decision-making, subsequent to an application for an ICPSA, needs reviewing in light of feedback from those involved in the process, those affected by the process, and the resource consumed by the process.

Community Pharmacy Strategic Plan