You can find a useful list of NZ Health Sector
acronyms and their definitions here.
The Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ):
- The MCNZ are primarily responsible for; registering doctors,
setting standards and guidelines, recertifying and promoting
lifelong learning for doctors, and reviewing practising doctors
where there are concerns about their performance, professional
conduct or health.
- If you are a doctor from overseas looking to work in New
Zealand you need to apply to the MCNZ.
Health Workforce New Zealand (HMNZ):
- HWNZ has overall responsibility for planning and development of
the health workforce, ensuring that staffing issues are aligned
with planning on delivery of services and the healthcare workforce
is fit for purpose.
- It combines many of the workforce development functions
formerly undertaken by the Ministry of Health and has assumed
responsibility for the work of the Clinical Training Agency.
Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand
- The HQSCNZ was established under the New Zealand
Public Health & Disability Amendment Act 2010 to
ensure all New Zealanders receive the best health and disability
care within our available resources.
- Their programmes focus on specific areas, working with those
who provide services and those who use them to reduce avoidable
deaths and harm, and make changes for the better.
Pharmaceutical Management Agency (PHARMAC):
- PHARMAC is a Crown entity established by the New Zealand Public
Health and Disability Act 2000.
- It subsidises pharmaceutical purchases, manages the
pharmaceutical schedule and is directly accountable to the Minister
New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety
- Medsafe is a business unit of the Ministry of Health and is the
authority responsible for the regulation of therapeutic products in
- It is responsible for administering the Medicines Act 1981 and
Regulations 1984. Enquires relating to pharmacy licensing and
the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977 should be referred to
Medicines Control Officers.
Ministry of Health (MoH):
- The Ministry is the government's primary agent in New Zealand's
health and disability system, and has overall responsibility for
the management and development of that system.
- It is composed of business units, each with its own functions
and areas of responsibility. The business units are the National
Health Board; Chief Nurse; Policy; Clinical Leadership, Protection
and Regulation; Māori Health; Sector Capability and Implementation;
and Corporate Services.
National Health Board (NHB):
- The National Health Board (NHB) was established by the
Government in November 2009, to address these issues and improve
the quality, safety and sustainability of health care, for New
- The NHB is made up of a Ministerial appointed Board and a
business unit within the Ministry of Health.
The IT Health Board:
- The role of the IT Health Board (known formally as the National
Health Information Technology Board) is to provide leadership on
the implementation and use of information systems across the health
and disability sector.
- The IT Health Board is a sub-committee of the National
Health Board and is charged with ensuring that health sector policy
is supported by appropriate health information and IT
The Health and Disability Commissioner:
- The Health and Disability Commissioner Act was enacted in
October 1994. The Act created the Office of the Commissioner - with
the role of promoting and protecting the rights of health and
disability services consumers, and facilitating the fair, simple,
speedy, and efficient resolution of complaints.
The Accident Compensation Corporation
- As a Crown organisation, the role of ACC is set out by the
Government. It is to; prevent injury, make sure people can get
treatment for injury if it happens, and help people get back to
everyday life as soon as possible.