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What is the target?

90 percent of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last five years to be achieved in stages by 1 July 2014. The first stage was to achieve 60 percent by July 2012, then 75 percent by July 2013.

Why is this target area important?

Long term conditions comprises the major health burden for New Zealand now and into the foreseeable future. This group of conditions is the leading cause of morbidity in New Zealand, and disproportionately affects Māori, Pacific and South Asian peoples. As the population ages, and lifestyles change, these conditions are likely to increase significantly.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) includes heart attacks and strokes – which are both substantially preventable with lifestyle advice and treatment for those at moderate or higher risk. The indicator monitors the proportion of the eligible population who have had the blood tests for CVD risk assessment (including the blood tests to screen for diabetes) in the preceding five year period.

How is diabetes included in the target?

Diabetes is important as a major and increasing cause of disability and premature death, and it is also a good indicator of the responsiveness of a health service for people in most need. Diabetes tests are included as part of the overall CVD risk assessment. These tests are different from a diabetes annual review, which takes place when a patient, who has been previously diagnosed with diabetes, is seen by their health professional to review the management of their disease. The Ministry will continue to collect information on diabetes management as part of the DHB performance indicators in 2012/13.

Who is the Target Champion?

Helen Rodenburg
Clinical Director - Long Term Conditions (Target Champion)