Ministry of Health

What the Ministry of Health does

We’re the Government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders.

We do this through:

- Providing health sector information and payment services for the benefit of all New Zealanders. Put simply, our aim is for New Zealanders to live longer, healthier and more independent lives.

- Sector leadership of New Zealand’s health and disability system

- Advising the Minister of Health, and the government as a whole, on health issues

- Directly purchasing a range of important national health and disability support services

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The Ministry of Health funds disability support services and provides policy advice.

Through Disability Support Services (DSS), we offer a range of services to support people with disabilities – and the people who care for them – so they can be independent and fully participate in their communities.

If you’re looking for independent information and advice for disabled people, whānau, caregivers, providers and the general public, this is also available through Disability Information and Advisory Service (DIAS) organisations.

Many of the services DSS funds are accessed through a Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination (NASC) service. These organisations work with disabled people to help identify their needs and outline what disability support services are available.

We’re always looking for new and better ways to deliver support and services to people with disabilities. Our new model for supporting disabled people offers more choice, control and flexibility, and is being demonstrated in selected areas.