The last couple of weeks have seen our hospital and community services under constant pressure as growing demand continues to put a strain on our current capacity and resources. I just want to say a huge thank you to our staff and primary care colleagues who are working together to help stem the tide, while continuing to provide quality, safe and compassionate care. While it’s been hard to take a breath these last few days we have a lot to celebrate this week with the release of the latest NZ health targets. While we always strive to do our best, this quarter’s results have exceeded expectations. For example, we have met our target for increased immunisation rates and exceeded targets for shorter stays in Emergency Care, improved access to elective surgery, more heart and diabetes checks and better help for smokers to quit. In fact, we are leading the country when it comes to offering cessation advice to people who want to give up smoking for good. Joining me today is Summer Hawke, Portfolio Manager Smokefree, who will share some of the innovative smoking cessation work, which is helping to change peoples lives for the better.
Last week I was privileged to attend the graduation of 25 CM Health staff members, who recently completed the Ko Awatea Leadership Academy – Emerging Leaders Programme. Over the last 10 months, these students have juggled work, family and social commitments to gain real leadership skills and knowledge. They have also been on a journey of self-discovery to find out the kind of leader they are and the kind of leader they would like to be.
Brooke Hayward shares her experience of being on the Emerging Leaders Programme and how in the busyness of our day to day work we should always remember our ‘Why’
To me, equity is about fairness – about having the same opportunities to the best start in life, to be educated, and to be healthy. And yet there are currently 200,000 tamariki across Aotearoa growing up in poverty. This growing disparity isn’t new and countries around the world are trying to grapple with the inequities that exist in health. Through our ‘Healthy Together’ strategy CM Health is committed to narrowing the health and poverty gap and in doing so move a step closer in our quest for health equity.
Joining me today is Kaitaia GP and former New Zealander of the year Dr Lance O’Sullivan. Lance is well known for his campaigning for equity in healthcare and health outcomes and recently joined Ko Awatea as a senior clinical fellow. Lance talks about his vision for health equity in Counties Manukau.
Healthy Together | Healthy Services
Each year over 100 people in NZ are diagnosed with spinal cord injuries, resulting in a life- long connection with the health system. Until now health organisations in NZ haven’t had a record of all spinal patients, but that’s about to change with the introduction of a national registry, launched by ACC Minister Nikki Kaye on 1st August 2016.
There has been a lot of discussion in the media in recent times about how we as a society and in particular how District Health Boards care for our mentally unwell. As a health board, we recognise the importance of treating our very unwell patients with the best, evidence-based therapeutic environment possible. To this end, I am very pleased to share with you the imminent start of the new Tiaho Mai. We will soon be moving some patients into other refurbished but temporary areas to allow for construction to begin over the next couple of months.
Recently, we shared with the media the findings of a report on CM Health’s performance.
The report, Quality Improvement at Counties Manukau Health; A Case Study Evaluation, led by Professor Robin Gauld from the University of Otago, showed that while there are definitely areas for improvement, we really are heading in the direction we want to go. What’s more, we’ve developed a distinctive culture here where everyone is committed to continually doing better.
We’re trying to deliver healthcare services to a population of 500,000 with high levels of socio-economic deprivation and the well-documented corresponding healthcare challenges of which you will all be aware. It’s complex and expensive, and we have to constantly be asking ourselves; how are we really doing?
People across the organisation have been working with me over the past 12-18 months on our long- term plans, which include the development of our Healthy Together strategy. As part of this, we have been reviewing future service requirements for sites we currently own throughout the district. The largest of these sites is the Manukau SuperClinic (MSC) site.
As you know our Healthy Together strategic plan outlines what we want to achieve for the people of Counties Manukau over the next five years. A key part of this is supporting Healthy Communities.
The SuperClinic site is in the midst of our Manukau locality which has a very diverse population of 180,000 people including many people with high needs.