Abortion Services in New Zealand


DHB Responsibilities

DHB Service Coverage Schedule

The Ministry of Health provides health care to New Zealanders through District Health Boards (DHBs). The Ministry provides funding to the DHBs and specifies the services that they must provide. The DHBs are then free to decide how best to provide those services for their region.

The main accountability document for DHBs is called the Service Coverage Schedule which is updated annually.

This document sets out the "national minima in terms of range and nature of services to be provided for which the Ministry of Health and DHBs are accountable." Under this document, DHBs are contracturally obliged to fund health care to those people who fit the eligibility criteria for accessing publicly-funding health care in New Zealand. Refer to DHB Planning package under Policy Requirements on the website www.nsfl.health.govt.nz

The current Service Coverage Schedule has this reference for termination of pregnancy services: Specialist Medical and Surgical Services

In relation to abortion, DHBs are required to provide termination of pregnancy services "for those Women who meet the criteria provided by the Crimes Act 1961 and the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977."

Last Updated: 29 January 2012