Leading healthcare provider in the Cook Islands.
Te Marae Ora is the main healthcare provider in the Cook Islands. We are responsible for setting national health policy and managing the day-to-day delivery of health services.
Health services are delivered through five directorates: Public Health, Oral Health, Primary Care, Hospital Health and Planning and Funding. The Secretary of Health and the Executive team lead the Ministry to achieve our vision for all people living in the Cook Islands to live healthy lives and achieve their aspirations.
The Health Road Map is a 20-year plan for the health sector. The vision of the Road Map is a ‘healthy and peaceful Cook Islands that values human rights and dignity through the provision of quality equitable health care and services based on the principles of primary health care and universal health coverage’. There are three focus areas to achieve this vision over 20 years, including strengthening health systems, health care service excellence, and public and private partnership.
The Health Strategic Plan operationalises the three key focus areas outlined in the National Health Road Map. The strategic plan sets out goals and measures for success across six different areas: health administration and management, community health services, hospital health services, allied health services, Pa Enua health services and health partners.
We measure our progress towards achieving our vision and strategic plans by setting high-level health indicators. We have 129 health indicators that draw from the National Sustainable Development Plan, Sustainable Development Goals, the Healthy Islands vision, and WHO Core Global Health Indicators.
Health indicators are used to complete annual performance reports to the Office of the Public Service Commissioner, Office of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, key development partners, stakeholders, and our communities.
The Cook Islands health system is made up of eight pieces of legislation. The most significant are the Ministry of Health Act 2013 and the Public Health Act 2004. The legislative framework establishes the Secretary of Health as the Head of the Ministry, and key advisor to the Minister of Health on all matters pertaining to the Cook Islands health system and health care services.