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Health Sector supplier briefing

4 May 2017

On 16 March, NZ Health Partnerships, PHARMAC and NZGP hosted a supplier briefing in Auckland.

Attended by 240 representatives from 129 organisations, the three hour briefing provided updates on the changes to the health sector procurement Operating Model, what this means for suppliers and details on the transition of medical device procurement to PHARMAC.

Dr Nigel Murray, CE of Waikato DHB and CE Sponsor, commenced the briefing covering the DHB Procurement Strategy. Megan Main, CE of NZHP then followed by presenting on the direction of DHB Procurement. Megan also covered the topic of Procurement Enablers, such as the National Datahub and National Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

Steffan Crausaz, CE of PHARMAC talked about the agency’s role in procurement and the progress of medical device procurement.

The final two presentations provided a general picture of procurement at the DHB and Government level, with Peter Kennedy, Head of Finance and Hawke’s Bay DHB, providing a DHB’s perspective. Peter informed the audience that while procurement would become more aligned, DHBs were still autonomous.

Andy Cochrane, Programme Director, New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP), presented the Government’s future focus areas for procurement, while providing context on where the health sector procurement operating model connects with the NZGP strategy.

Andy also informed the audience of the work done by NZGP’s capability function, which is available to support procurement professionals in the health sector in their development and in forming strategies to engage the market. Finally, Andy reviewed the Five Principles of Government Procurement, which underpin the Government Rules of Sourcing, and outlined how following the principles leads agencies to run a fair, open and well executed tender process.

Last updated 4 May 2017