Canterbury District Health Board
The Canterbury District Health Board is responsible for planning, organising, providing and purchasing hospital and community health services for the large and highly populated region of Canterbury. The Canterbury Health System has developed the vision for a single, integrated health and social care system where people work together around the needs of patients.
Secondary and tertiary services are largely consolidated on three main sites; Christchurch Hospital Campus, Hillmorton Campus and Burwood Hospital Campus. Primary care services are provided through Integrated Family Health Centres and General Practice teams along with a wide range of community based services including specific Māori and Pacific providers.
Christchurch Hospital is the major tertiary centre for the South Island. Currently underway is a redevelopment programme of unprecedented scale for New Zealand’s health sector. Significant recent investment in both Christchurch and Burwood sites will enable growth as centres of excellence for hospital services as part of the integrated health system. The purpose built Outpatients facility located at the Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct directly opposite Christchurch Hospital was completed in 2018. The new Acute Services Building on the Christchurch Hospital site is near completion, boasting additional operating theatres, inpatient beds, purpose-designed spaces for children, an expanded intensive care unit, emergency department and roof-top helipad.
Canterbury District Health Board has extensive responsibilities for workforce development, training and professional development across a range of registered health professional groups and other health workers. Canterbury District Health Board has strategic relationships and provides students from a variety of tertiary education providers including the University of Otago, Ara and the University of Canterbury with educational opportunities in a clinical setting.
Canterbury District Health Board’s participation in Te Papa Hauora Health Precinct includes co-locating its researchers, educators and health staff with students and staff from Ara and the University of Canterbury in the Health Precinct flagship building Manawa, across the road from Christchurch Hospital.