A Picture Tells 1000 Words

Lately I’ve been talking a lot about the importance of taking pressure off Middlemore Hospital and developing localities to deliver more healthcare services in the community. I’ve also ‘introduced’ you to the local family who all live in the only habitable room of their state house, and the students of Rongomai School who greatly inspired me during the launch of the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme.

This week, I simply want to share with you this new video from the Middlemore Foundation (please allow time for it to load). It really encapsulates some of the points I’ve touched on and makes for some very powerful viewing. What do you think of it?

The Middlemore Foundation from bazzacam on Vimeo.



Author: Geraint Martin

Geraint Martin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Counties Manukau DHB in December 2006. It is one of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand and services a population of half a million. He has significant experience over 30 years in national policy & in managing both primary and secondary care . Previously, he was Director of Health and Social Care Strategy at the Welsh Government .He authored a radical 10 year strategy of reform, including the successful “Saving 1000 lives” Campaign.Until 2004, he was CEO at Kettering General Hospital & had held senior positions in London & Birmingham.He has worked closely with clinicians in improving clinical standards,patient safety,chronic disease management & managing acute care to reduce hospital demand.In NZ, He has promoted clinical quality and leadership as central to improving patientcare. This has led to a significant increases in productivity and access, whilst maintaining financial balance. CMH has completed in 2014 a $500 m capital redevelopment programme, the largest in New Zealand. A central part of this is the establishment of Ko Awatea,the Centre for Innovation and Research which will underpin CMH as one of the the leading health systems in Australasia.In 2008, he chaired the Ministerial Review of Emergency Care in New Zealand, and in 2013 was an member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Health Sector Performance. Geraint has an MSc in Health Policy from Birmingham University .His post-graduate work has focused on health economics and Corporate Strategy . He is adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at AUT and Victoria University, Wellington Elected in 2006 as a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management, previously he was an Associate Fellow at Birmingham University.He is is Chair of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a member of the Institute of Directors, on the Board of the NZ Institute of Health Management & previously the Board of The NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission.

One thought on “A Picture Tells 1000 Words”

  1. Hello Geraint, the problem is shocking and one that I would not have known about. The film is very powerful. Of course it is the work to improve child health that is the most important thing and that is wonderful- well done to everyone involved.

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