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Health and Disability Review Transition Unit


The Transition Unit leads the response to the Review and aims to improve equity of access and health outcomes for all New Zealanders

The Health and Disability Review Transition Unit (Transition Unit) was established by Cabinet in September 2020 following consideration of the Health and Disability System Review / Hauora Manaaki Ki Aotearoa Whānui (the Review).

The Transition Unit led the response to the Review, including developing the policy response and design of the system operating model, providing advice on the establishment of new entities and legislative change, and is now working on producing an overall implementation plan and work programme for the transition.

The Transition Unit has launched a new website dedicated to the reform of the health system in Aotearoa New Zealand –

The website will be regularly updated with news and information about the progress being made to create our future health system.

Structure and leadership

The Transition Unit is led by former Director-General of Health Stephen McKernan, who is the Director of the Unit. He reports to a Ministerial Group for delivery of the work programme.

Transition Unit enquiries

For media enquiries about the process and work of the Transition Unit, please email

For enquiries related to the current health system, contact the Ministry of Health

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 26 July 2022

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