The Acute Care Sector Advisory Group (ACSAG) provides expert advice to Te Whatu Ora about proven ways to improve acute care. These improvements need to work both now and in the future; helping people spend less time in emergency departments while still getting high-quality care.

ACSAG is made up of about 17 key stakeholders, including clinical and managerial leaders from across the motu, as well as primary health and ambulance services.


The ACSAG chair is Associate Professor Peter Jones, an Emergency Physician in the Adult Emergency Department at Auckland City Hospital.

Advisory role

ACSAG is responsible for:

  • providing expert advice to Te Whatu Ora about what factors affect acute care and patient flow.
  • identifying how improvements can be made to acute care in:
    • access and models of care
    • data collection processes, including real-time data 
    • lifting overall performance in acute care.
  • giving advice on achieving equity for Māori and Pacific peoples
  • advising on key stakeholder relationships to improve acute care patient flow
  • working with other networks to help achieve their objectives.