The Government through Te Marae Ora is the main provider of health care services in the Cook Islands. Services of the Ministry are complemented by a range of Civil Society and Non-government Organisations such as the Red Cross Society, Te Vaerua, Te Kainga, CI Family Welfare Association, CI Child Health and Welfare Association and the Creative Centre.

The management and organisational structures of the Ministry of Health are divided and reflected under 3 directorates, Community Health Services, Hospital Health Services and Funding and Planning. The services provided in the Pa Enua are embedded into both Community Health and Hospital Health Services Directorates.

The management and organisational structures of the Ministry of Health are divided and reflected under 3 directorates, Community Health Services, Hospital Health Services and Funding and Planning. The Ministry recognises that there may be changes to the organisational structure dependent on the needs and environment at a certain point in time.

The core function of the Outer Islands Health Services directorate is mainly to provide accessible and equitable health care with a focus on preventative and basic primary and secondary health care services.

The services provided in the Pa Enua are embedded into both Community Health and Hospital Health Services Directorates.

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Health Work Force

The Ministry of Health has one of largest workforce numbers comprising Doctors, Nurses and Allied Health. The Cook Islands has 1.47 doctors per 1,000 population. The Cook Islands Health Workforce Plan (2016-2025) highlights the need for Continuing Medical Education strengthening for all cadres of the health workforce. The Plan states that the focus of staff development should be on the expansion of the number of specialists in most disciplines including paediatrics, building nurse practitioner workforce on all islands and increasing the number of nursing, dental and allied health workforce.