Media Release: 9 October 2012

From 1 October 2012, the functions, assets and liabilities of Compass Primary Health Care Network, the Wairarapa Community PHO and MATPRO were merged into Compass Health Wellington Trust.

The new organisation will be known as Compass Health. This makes official what the organisation was already commonly known as, and better reflects the growing role it has attained outside of Wellington in the Wairarapa and Manawatu regions.

The merger of these four already closely related Boards reflects a wider national trend within the health sector to streamline services and reduce bureaucracy. This not only helps provide better services to practitioners, it ensures that as much health funding as possible reaches the community. By rolling four boards into one, Compass Health immediately reduced the number of trustees it pays from 30 to between 9 and 11.

Frontline services have not changed and no PHO staff will be affected by the merger – they continue to be employed by Compass Health.

Capital and Coast, and Wairarapa DHBs both supported the merger as did the Ministry of Health, with all transferring existing contracts to the new entity.