Bay of Plenty District Health Board
Bay of Plenty District Health Board

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board spends over $1.6 million every day, seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year on healthcare for our community, in our community.

Over 70% of that expenditure is spent on salaries and wages in the Bay of Plenty.

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board is the 6th largest of the 20 DHBs.  We work in a complex operating environment with the second fastest population growth rate among the DHBs,  the highest percentage increase of people aged 65 years and over, and the greatest numbers of people who identify as M�?ori.

To deliver healthcare within budget while addressing government and community needs, we have fostered a culture of innovation, challenging the old ways of doing things and strengthening partnerships within, across and beyond the health sector.

We also work collegially on a number of projects with our DHB colleagues in the Midland region (Taranaki, Waikato, Lakes and Tairawhiti DHBs).

We have had to tackle head on the issues affecting the sustainability of our clinical workforce, implementing solutions, building on our culture of effective clinical engagement and creating more opportunities for clinical leadership.

In 2007, the Bay of Plenty Clinical School was set up by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board to provide our whole health workforce with clinical training, facilities, resources  as well as support for clinical trials and research projects.

The Clinical School is now a nationally recognised clinical training school and the placement site of choice for the growing numbers of undergraduate students.  Ninety-three percent of students surveyed indicated they are keen to return to the Bay of Plenty to work.

The Clinical Trials Unit is now undertaking pharmaceutical trials, medical device trials and research projects.

Placements for fifth year medical students on core runs has increased from three in 2008 to 66 in 2010; 120 placements were provided for overseas medical students – compared to 73 in 2008; nursing and midwifery student placements increased from 226 to 259 and allied health placements from 60 to 75.

The growth in student numbers is a result of the expanding relationship with Auckland University, as well as the partnerships with Waikato University, Waiariki Institute of Technology, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and Norfolk Southern Cross (Grace) Hospital.

The Bay of Plenty Clinical School is the only clinical school in New Zealand led independently by a district health board.


Contact Name: Phil Cammish, Chief Executive

Physical Address: Tauranga Hospital Cameron Road Tauranga

Postal Address: Private Bag 12024 Tauranga

Work Phone: 07 579 8363

Fax: 07 571 5434

Industry Description: Health