Alliance Structure


South Island Alliance Board

The Governance Board is made up of the five DHB Chairs. Their primary role is to set the strategic focus for the Alliance. In practical terms, this means overseeing and approving the annual South Island Health Service Plan, considering any changes to the scope of priorities and activities, and monitoring the performance of the Alliance.

South Island Alliance Leadership Team

While the Governance Board focuses on the strategic direction of the Alliance, the Leadership Team oversees the day-to-day Alliance activities.  The Leadership Team is made up of four South Island DHB CEOs (West Coast and Canterbury share a single CEO).  Their role is to prioritise Alliance activity and agree on Alliance objectives; allocate resources and funding; monitor outcomes and inform the community and stakeholders; and maintain a high level of engagement between the Alliance and DHBs.

Work Programmes

Our work programmes include service level alliances (SLAs) and workstreams that work to respond to, and deliver on, the DHBs’ priority areas for regional activity. In doing so, they also provide overarching programme and project governance. They draw on wide representation from across the region and the health system, including health professionals, managers, funders, health care providers and consumers. Each programme has a work plan focused on integrating services, sharing ideas and implementing initiatives across the South Island. The range of activity is vast, spanning from the introduction of multi-million dollar information systems, to gathering more robust data, to rolling out training for a new model of care. Each SLA and workstream is clinically-led and has a DHB chief executive or senior executive sponsor. Some SLAs and workstreams have their own government mandated work programme with funding and reporting linked directly to the Ministry of Health. 

South Island Alliance Programme Office

Led by a General Manager, the Programme Office provides a hub around which the Alliance can operate. The Programme Office assists the various Alliance groups with administration and supports their work and activities through the facilitators. The purpose of the Programme Office is to support and enable the work of South Island DHBs where they choose to do so regionally.