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Health services managers may do some or all of the following

  • provide overall direction and management for their service
  • ensure their service meets government health policy requirements and local health needs
  • prepare, manage and review budgets
  • manage staff and ensure they follow the organisation's policies and procedures
  • interview and hire staff
  • prepare reports for the board of directors
  • review planning policies
  • meet with other health providers, district health boards and funding bodies to discuss possible areas of co-operation and co-ordination between services
  • lead public education campaigns about current health issues
  • advise government organisations about measures to improve public health
  • consult iwi and other local groups to ensure services are culturally appropriate to patients
  • prepare funding applications to district health boards and the Ministry of Health for new services.

Health services managers need to have

  • knowledge of health systems and services
  • knowledge of the regulations and laws relevant to their organisation
  • management and budgeting skills
  • planning and organisational ability
  • decision-making skills
  • written and oral communication skills
  • the ability to analyse statistical information and government reports
  • knowledge and understanding of different cultures.

Health services managers need to be

  • adaptable
  • able to stay focused
  • able to work well under pressure
  • responsible
  • honest
  • open to new ideas.