The chief executive is the Board’s sole employee and is responsible for implementing the strategic direction of the Board. The chief executive is supported by a strong executive leadership team which oversees clinical, support and advisor services.
Northland DHB understands the social and economic determinants which impact the health status of Northlanders, resulting in an unequal burden of early mortality, morbidity and poorer quality of health for Māori. The district health board is committed to reducing these inequalities and acknowledges its statutory responsibility and obligations to Māori established in the NZ Health and Disability Act 2000.
Structurally, the Board is seeking to confirm and establish a direct governance relationship with iwi, and meanwhile continues to work with Whānau Ora providers and Māori health and disability providers across Northland.