Enabling population health with primary care data

on 22 June

Kia ora

This email is to update you on a new programme to expand health sector datasets to help with planning, codesign, commissioning and policy development across the health system.

The Ministry of Health, Health New Zealand and the Māori Health Authority are partnering with the primary care sector to expand data sourced from primary care and join it with data already held nationally by the Ministry of Health.

About the Primary Health Dataset Programme

New Zealand already has many national datasets containing health information. These include the National Minimum Dataset, National Maternity Collection, Mortality Collection, NZ Cancer Registry, the National Immunisation Register and primary care enrolment data.

These datasets are brought together in separate ways and at different times to help with planning, codesign, commissioning and policy development across the health system. Some primary care data is not included alongside these datasets at a national level, making it difficult to plan and invest in health service improvement nationally, regionally, and locally.

We want to partner with the sector to respectfully join current data sets up, bring in other data not held nationally and then build a collective national view of this data to be shared together to improve population level planning at a national, regional and locality level. Māori data sovereignty and privacy will be key components of the programme.

Initially the PHDP team will work in partnership with general practice and Primary Health Organisations to develop the enhanced data sets informed by hapori Māori and wider stakeholders. Linkages to other data held by community providers outside of general practice will evolve over time.

It is planned to work with the sector to assemble relevant data and combine this with data already held – to be available for analytical use by mid 2023.

More information about this programme is available on the Ministry of Health website (here) and will be updated as the programme progresses.

If you have any feedback on the programme, including ideas, concerns, and previous experience, your comments and advice are welcome and can be sent to phdp@health.govt.nz.   


Ngā mihi

Martin Hefford
Interim Workstream Lead Commissioning and Localities

Interim Health NZ



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