Council of Medical Colleges in New Zealand

A complexsystem full of acroynms

There are many organisations involved in ensuring the best health care and health outcomes for New Zealand

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 (HQSCNZ):

  • 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 of Health.

New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority (Medsafe):

  • Medsafe is a business unit of the Ministry of Health and is the authority responsible for the regulation of therapeutic products in New Zealand.
  • 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 Zealanders.
  • 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 solutions.

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 (ACC):

  • 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.