Official Information Act (OIA) responses

As appropriate, Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) proactively publishes responses to Official Information Act (OIA) requests on this page after sending the response to each requestor. ​


Responses detail the information being released and explain what information, if any, has been withheld and under which grounds of the OIA. The requestor's name and address are removed from all responses published ​on this website.



Official Information Act 1982 (OIA)


Please note: Requests for health information by an individual about themselves or family/whanau members will be managed as a Privacy Act request – For general health record queries, phone 06 348 1277 or email


Office hours are Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.30pm.


For mental health record queries - please phone 06 348 3485 or email



Making an OIA request for information held by the Whanganui DHB

Before making an OIA request, it may be useful to view information on the Whanganui District Health Board’s website, Whanganui District Health Board publishes useful information online on a regular basis such as:

  • Annual reports and plans
  • Media releases, key projects and initiatives.


The Ministry of Health publish a considerable amount of information on their website, so you may want to check the information you are after is not already publicly available before making a request.


If you wish to make a request for information held by the Whanganui District Health Board please send an email to


Whanganui District Health Board will make and communicate a decision on your request as soon as reasonably practicable and no later than 20 working days after it was received (unless an extension is agreed).


We may extend the maximum time limit for transferring a request or making a decision and communicating it to you, if your request is for a large quantity of information or consultation is needed to make a decision on your request. Any extension must be for a reasonable period of time in the circumstances.


If you decide to amend or clarify your request, the amended or clarified version will be considered to be a new request and the 20 working days will start from the day after this new request is received.


In order to assist Whanganui District Health Board, and ensure you receive the correct information, be as specific as you can in identifying the information you want. The information you request must be specified with 'due particularity' - meaning that Whanganui District Health Board must be able to identify the information you have asked for. Any request that lacks due particularity will not be valid. If this is the case, we may contact you to clarify your request.


If you do not receive a response to your request for official information within the statutory time limit, or you are unhappy with the response you receive, you can complain to the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman’s role is to “investigate and review” the agency’s decision (or lack of decision) on your request. The Ombudsman can be contacted via their website:


Whanganui District Health Board recent responses to OIA requests

Please see the links below for Whanganui DHB OIA responses from 1 October 2018 onwards.

Payments to New Zealand Drug Foundation since 26.10.2017 August 2019
Request for clinical data August 2019
Oral health for children August 2019
Vaccination rates for health workers August 2019
Inspections of brothels or home based sex work August 2019
Impact of technology investment August 2019
Information about flu in Whanganui August 2019
Maternity vacancies and incidents August 2019
CAMHS whanau disclosure policy August 2019
Youth health care in secondary schools August 2019
Babies born dependent on illegal drugs and related questions August 2019
Data request from union August 2019
Funded family care September 2019
Gender affirmation surgery and birth September 2019
Colonoscopy rates for Maori September 2019
Risk register September 2019
Clinical codes for breast reconstruction October 2019
Mastectomies and breast reconstruction surgeries October 2019
Lymphoedema services October 2019
HPV vaccine outcomes October 2019
Cost of health care to seniors October 2019
Debts incurred by ineligible or overseas patients October 2019
Consultancy costs November 2019
Asian mental health services November 2019
NASC waiting list for aged home support November 2019
Staff turnover November 2019
Various questions - complaints, adverse events and number of beds
Cost of paying senior doctors for cover during RDA strikes in 2019
Weight Loss Surgery: Procedures 2010-2018
Non-Resident Ambulance Trips OIA
Violent Incidents in Hospitals
Gender Affirming Healthcare Availability
Remuneration of RMOs, SMOs and other employees for work carried out as a result of strike action
Education Access for Children with a Health and/or Disability Issue
Surgeons Undertaking Surgical Mesh Procedures
Correspondence Related To RMO Strike
WDHB Contracts and Payments with Health Solutions
Public Hospital Cancellation Rates to Year End 30 June 2018
Seismic reports for 2018 and Non Structural Seismic Restraints
Transgender Patients Presenting to Endocrine Services
Infestations of DHB Facilities or Properties
Cost and Provision of Residential and Home Based Care for Older New Zealanders
Medicines New Zealand Hospital Pharmaceuticals
Number of deaths in in-patient mental health unit in the last year
Total funding - termination of pregnancy
Use of physical & mechanical restraints in Mental Health Services from 2008-2018
Vaccinations - coverage or decline over the past four years and 2019 YTD
Remuneration of RMOs SMOs and employees, ancillary costs and LOR as a result of strike actions 29 April to 4 May 2019
Health Programmes of PHUs
Opioid Use , abuse or overdose annually since 2015
Violent Incidents in Hospitals affecting DHB staff
Spending On Advertising In The Past Five Years
Safe Staffing
STONZ Initiation
ECT Treatment
Types and Annual Costs of Energy Used
Number of Projected Unfilled RMO Positions
Video Gaming Addiction
Injury and Death Related to Heatstroke
Contracts and Contract Funding
Maori providers criteria and lists of providers
Number of surgical mesh procedures and type of surgical mesh devises used
Salaries and Salary Reimbursements
Equipment Sterilisation Failure
Patients Prescribed Antidepressants 2018
Payments made to senior doctors' to cover junior doctors' strikes
Surgical Mesh - number of procedures performed
Intersex babies having genital surgery within their first year of life
DHB Costing and Menu Planning
Waitangi Tribunal Research Report
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Payments to other DHB's 2013-2017
Bed Capacity and Occupancy
PET and PET-CT Scan Capacity
Celebrities and Promotional Activities
Brief Intervention Counselling (BIC) Initiatives
Complaints made against DHB staff
Psychologists in inpatient mental health
Abortion details - various requests
Wait Times relating to Cancer Treatment
Reportable Event Briefs
CASP Progression
DHB Hosted Clinical Drug Trials 2017, 2018 and 2019
Gender Affirming Healthcare
Home Support Contracts
Whanganui DHB Maternal Mental Health
Radioactive Waste and Disposal Of
As at 26 November unfilled vacancies full time, part time and contract positions
Alcohol Harm Reduction Activities 17/18
Cost of Redundancies
Admission Related to Adverse Drug Reaction
Recruitment Costs and Spend
Zero suicide aspirational policy