Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) are responsible for organising and providing essential primary care services to an enrolled population in a region.

Some services are delivered by the PHO and most are delivered by contracted providers - general practice teams and community providers.

There are 30 PHOs in New Zealand funded by Te Whatu Ora (Health NZ). Christchurch PHO is one of three PHOs in the Canterbury region.

PHOs vary in size and structure and are not for profit. The first PHOs were established in 2002 in response to the 2001 Primary Health Care Strategy. Christchurch PHO has 7 member practices that provide services to an enrolled population of 56,000 in urban Christchurch.

PHOs roles are to:

  • Coordinate and deliver primary health services to provide care and treatment when people are ill.
  • Help people stay healthy and promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Support access to screening and prevention services.
  • Provide services to those people in the community who have poor health, and those who are missing out on health care.
  • Work to reduce health disparity, promote equity and improve access to health care.

Funding allows PHOs to:

  • subsidise doctor’s visits
  • reduce prescription costs
  • run health promotion programmes
  • develop innovative ways of improving the uptake of services to reduce health inequalities in their populations

More detailed information on the structure and funding of PHOs can be found on the Manatū Hauora (Ministry of Health) website.

Why enrol at one of the CPHO general practices?


  • Ensures that the practice has the information that they need to make everything more convenient for you when you visit.
  • Confirms the relationship that you have with your general practice team and means that you nominate them to as your regular health care provider.
  • Assists the PHO to build better health services that are tailored to your needs and those of your family and community.
  • Means that the general practice team are responsible for contacting you about your health care, like follow up appointments.

How do I Enrol?

Enrolment is voluntary.

You will need to fill out an enrolment form, available from the general practice receptionist, and may be asked for additional information that will confirm your eligibility to receive subsidised health care.

If you are already enrolled at another practice and you wish to change to a new practices, the doctor will request that any medical records be transferred over to the new practice.

How long does my enrolment last?

Enrolment lasts for three years from the date of enrolment.

If you have not seen the Doctor you are enrolled with, within a three year period, your practice will contact you to confirm your enrolment.

If you do not reconfirm your enrolment within three years your enrolment will expire.

If you are travelling overseas and intend to be out of the country for more than six months change your contact details or move to another practice please let your medical practice know so that they can update your enrolment status.

Privacy and Confidentiality

All general practices have to abide by the regulations set out in the Health Information Privacy Code 1994.

To ensure that you get the best care possible some information (excluding things that you request remain confidential and your patient file) may be shared with other health organisations including:

  • Manatū Hauora (Ministry of Health) for funding purposes
  • Te Whatu Ora (Health NZ) to help with planning and funding of health services.

Sharing of information assists:

  • Christchurch PHO to design and implement health services that meet the needs of their enrolled population
  • The general practice to coordinate your care and to claim for government subsidies on your behalf which may pay for some of your care.

Board and Clinical Governance Information

The PHO is governed by a Board of Directors led by Chair, Dr Jason Pryke.

The Clinical Governance Group advises the Board about best practice quality and safety standards for clinical programmes and patient care.

Board and Clinical Governance Group meetings

Clinical Governance 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Board 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

General rule – Meetings are held 11 times a year on the first Monday of the month, unless it falls on a public holiday in which case meetings are held on an alternative Monday.

29th January 2024 as 5th February is Waitangi Day
4th March 2024
8th April 2024 as 1st April is Easter Monday
6th May 2024
10th June 2024 as 3rd June is Kings Birthday
8th July 2024
5th August 2024
2nd September 2024
7th October 2024
4th November 2024 includes AGMs
2nd December 2024

Contact Christchurch PHO Office Administrator/Board Secretariat for further information

Board and Clinical Governance Group Members

Clinical Governance Group (CGG) and/or Board

Body Name Role
CGG Dr Sarah Marr GP Representative
CGG Dr Neil Beumelburg GP Representative
CGG Dr Joan Allardyce GP Representative
CGG Joanne Comper Clinical Pharmacist Representative
CGG Kirsten Carey Practice Nurse Representative
CGG & Board Dr Jason Pryke GP Representative and Board Chair
CGG & Board Ana Verdult (nee Rolleston) Māori Representative and Board Deputy Chair
CGG & Board Rachel Brennan Practice Nurse Representative
CGG & Board Dr Tearlach MacLean GP Representative
Board Michelle Turrall Māori Representative
Board Dr Melanie Coker Community Representative
Board Dr Danielle Brown General Practice Representative
Board Dr Geraldine Wilson General Practice Representative


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