There are currently 30 separate PHOs. Some of the larger PHOs, such as Midlands Health Network, are divided regionally for funding purposes.
PHOs are key partners to the System Level Measures framework which aims to improve health outcomes for people by supporting Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand to work in collaboration with health system partners (primary, community and hospital) using quality improvement measures.
A PHO provides primary health services either directly or through its contracted providers.
The services provided aim to improve and maintain the health of the enrolled PHO population, ensuring that general practice services are connected with other health services to ensure a seamless continuum of care.