Waikato District Health Board


The Waikato District Health Board (Waikato DHB) is a district health board with the focus on providing healthcare to the Waikato region of New Zealand.

Waikato District Health Board
Location of the Waikato DHB (green) in New Zealand
Formation1 January 2001; 20 years ago (2001-01-01)
FounderNew Zealand Government
Legal statusActive
PurposeDHB
ServicesHealth and disability services
Parent organization
Ministry of Health
Websitewww.waikatodhb.health.nz

History


The Waikato District Health Board, like most other district health boards, came into effect on 1 January 2001 established by the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.[1]

2021 Ransomware attack

In mid-May 2021, the Waikato District Health Board's hospital computer systems and phone lines were affected by a ransomware attack.[2] On 25 May, an unidentified group claimed responsibility for the hack and issued an ultimatum to the Waikato DHB, having obtained sensitive data about patients, staff and finances.[3] Hackers later dumped confidential medical, financial and patients' data onto the dark web, forcing the DHB to work with cyber-experts to minimise any potential privacy disclosures.[4]

The Waikato DHB and New Zealand Government ruled out paying the ransom.[5][3] By mid-June 2021, the Waikato DHB had managed to restore most health services and operations but faced a backlog of outpatient appointments due to the disruption caused by the ransomware attack.[6]

Geographic area


The area covered by the Waikato District Health Board is defined in Schedule 1 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 and based on territorial authority and ward boundaries as constituted as at 1 January 2001.[7] The area can be adjusted through an Order in Council.[8]

Governance


The initial board was fully appointed. From the 2001 local elections, until 8 May 2019, the board was partially elected (seven members) and in addition, up to four members were appointed by the Minister of Health. After the Board divided over an issue,[9] they were replaced by Dr Karen Poutasi as Commissioner.[10] The minister had also appointed the chairperson and deputy-chair from the pool of eleven board members.[11]

Demographics


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
2006339,189    
2013359,310+0.83%
2018405,558+2.45%
Source: [12]

Waikato DHB served a population of 405,558 at the time of the 2018 New Zealand census, an increase of 46,248 people (12.9%) since the 2013 census, and an increase of 66,369 people (19.6%) since the 2006 census. There were 144,243 households. There were 199,959 males and 205,599 females, giving a sex ratio of 0.97 males per female. Of the total population, 85,497 people (21.1%) were aged up to 15 years, 81,351 (20.1%) were 15 to 29, 174,111 (42.9%) were 30 to 64, and 64,599 (15.9%) were 65 or older. Figures may not add up to the total due to rounding.[citation needed]

Ethnicities were 73.7% European/Pākehā, 23.9% Māori, 4.6% Pacific peoples, 10.0% Asian, and 2.4% other ethnicities. People may identify with more than one ethnicity.[citation needed]

The percentage of people born overseas was 19.7, compared with 27.1% nationally.[citation needed]

Although some people objected to giving their religion, 50.2% had no religion, 35.1% were Christian, and 7.6% had other religions.[citation needed]

Of those at least 15 years old, 61,023 (19.1%) people had a bachelor or higher degree, and 64,365 (20.1%) people had no formal qualifications. The median income was $29,800. The employment status of those at least 15 was that 154,875 (48.4%) people were employed full-time, 47,331 (14.8%) were part-time, and 14,454 (4.5%) were unemployed.[12]

Hospitals


Waikato Hospital campus

Other public hospitals

Other private hospitals

Notes


  1. Rudman, Brian (13 February 2012). "Brian Rudman: Three health boards must marry and economise". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  2. Moloney, Eoghan (18 May 2021). "Cyber attack similar to HSE breach cripples New Zealand district's health system". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 24 May 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  3. "Waikato DHB cyber attack: Group claims responsibility, says it has confidential patient details". The New Zealand Herald. 25 May 2021. Archived from the original on 25 May 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  4. "Waikato DHB ransomware attack: Documents released online". Radio New Zealand. 29 June 2021. Archived from the original on 6 July 2021. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  5. Manch, Thomas; Wilson, Libby (25 May 2021). "Waikato DHB scrambles to contain cyber attack, safety of patient data unclear". Stuff. Archived from the original on 25 May 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.
  6. "Waikato DHB still affected by cyber attack". Radio New Zealand. 15 June 2021. Archived from the original on 25 June 2021. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  7. Public Health and Disability Act 2000, Schedule 1.
  8. Public Health and Disability Act 2000, Section 19.
  9. Tuesday; May 2019, 7; Macpherson, 1:54 pm Press Release: Dave. "Waikato DHB Board sacking confirmed | Scoop News". www.scoop.co.nz. Retrieved 14 November 2020.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  10. "Commissioner appointed for Waikato DHB". The Beehive. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  11. "District health boards". Ministry of Health. 12 February 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  12. "Statistical area 1 dataset for 2018 Census". Statistics New Zealand. March 2020. Waikato DHB (05).
  13. "Waikato Hospital - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  14. "- Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  15. "Puna Whiti - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  16. "Ward OPR1 - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  17. "Braemar Hospital - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  18. "Te Kuiti Hospital - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  19. "Matariki Hospital - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  20. "Rhoda Read Hospital - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  21. "Thames Hospital - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  22. "Tokoroa Hospital - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  23. "Taumarunui Hospital - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  24. "Southern Cross Hospital Hamilton - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  25. "River Ridge East Birth Centre - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  26. "Anglesea Hospital - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  27. "Waterford Birth Centre - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  28. "Hospice Waikato - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  29. "Te Awamutu Birthing - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  30. "Birthcare Huntly - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.
  31. "Tamahere Hospital and Healing Centre - Ministry of Health Profile". health.govt.nz. Ministry of Health.

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