Hauora Tairawhiti is one of the 5 DHBs that make up the Midland Region. Our DHB serves a population of 47,680 and covers 8351 square kilometres, roughly 3% of New Zealand land area. Tairawhiti is the most sparsely populated North Island area, with a population density of 5.6 people per square kilometre.
A large portion, (approximately 27%), of our population live outside the main urban area. Our large rural population presents diverse challenges in service delivery and accessing health services.
The Tairawhiti district has an average deprivation score of 7, where 1 indicates the least deprived and 10 the most deprived.
Health education, Agriculture, horticulture, Forestry and Fishing are the largest employers of the work force in the district. The largest injury type by number and cost for ACC in the Gisborne district is for work related injuries.
In July 2014 Tairawhiti’s Trauma Service began actively participating in the Midland Regional Trauma Systems. We see between 30 and 40 minor traumas each month, with an increase to 50-60 per month over the Summer months. We have approximately 15-20 major Traumas each year.
Clinical networks provide a platform for which to deliver clinically led innovation and best practice approaches. The over-arching driver for these developments is improved service quality and ultimately better health outcomes.