Organisational Structure

Whanganui District Health Board is a body corporate owned by the Crown and operates as an agent of the Crown. It was established under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.

The Board is responsible to the Crown through the Minister of Health for the overall governance and performance of the Whanganui District Health Board.

The chief executive, who is appointed by the board, is responsible for the overall management and performance of the WDHB. The chief executive manages the organisation in accordance with the strategy, plans and policies approved by the board to achieve agreed goals.

WDHB’s structure is based on a clinical - business partnership model designed to support our three functions.


To carry out its functions and deliver on its core business areas, Whanganui District Health Board is organised into three divisions:

  • Service and Business Planning

  • Provider Division

  • Corporate Services.

The primary responsibility of the Service and Business Planning division is to plan, fund and purchase health and disability services for the community within the Whanganui region with particular attention to:

  • Personal health (primary and secondary)

  • Mental health

  • Māori health

  • Disability Support Services (people aged 65 and above).

The Provider Division provides secondary and community specialist health services which are funded at a revenue level of about $81m per annum. These secondary level services include:

  • medical, rehabilitation, community and rural

  • surgical

  • maternity and child health

  • public health

  • Māori health

  • mental health

  • disability support.

Corporate Services provides corporate infrastructure and information systems to support both the Service and Business Planning and Provider divisions. The support includes:

  • financial management and payroll services

  • information technology and management

  • legal and commercial risk and quality systems

  • facilities and contract management

  • materials management: supply and distribution.

There are a number of other functions that are directly responsible to the chief executive and provide a service across both the Service and Business Planning and Provider divisions. These include Media and Communications, Human Resources and Industrial Relations.