Who are We?

Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) is the second largest DHB in New Zealand by both geographical area and population size of over 600,000 people. 

Our vision is a Canterbury health system that keeps people healthy and well in their own homes – a system providing the right care and support, to the right person, at the right time, in the right place.

The Canterbury DHB provides an extensive range of highly specialised and complex services.  While our responsibility is primarily for our own population, we provide many tertiary level services on a regional basis to people referred from other DHBs where these more specialised services are not available.

The specialist services we provide regionally include: brain injury rehabilitation; eating disorder services; child and youth inpatient mental health; forensic services; foetal medicine; cervical cytology; oncology; paediatric neurology, surgery and respiratory services; specialist diabetes services; neonatal transport; cardiothoracic surgery; gastroenterology; neurosurgery; plastic surgery; haematology/oncology; and ophthalmology.

There are some specialist services which Canterbury provides on a national or semi-national basis.  These include: endocrinology; paediatric oncology; spinal injury services; and laboratory services.

Canterbury has a transalpine agreement with the West Coast DHB. As part of these formal arrangements, Canterbury and the West Coast now share senior clinical and management expertise including: a joint Chief Executive, Executive Director of Allied Health, Clinical Director of Mental Health, Senior Medical Officers as well as joint human resources and information support.

Formalising our collaboration has allowed us to actively plan the assistance and services we provide to the West Coast and to build the most appropriate workforce and infrastructure in both locations.  A number of training and secondment opportunities also support the development of an experienced and sustainable workforce in both regions.

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