Recently we were thrilled to welcome the Minister of Health, the Honourable Tony Ryall, to Middlemore Hospital and Ko Awatea. The Minister came to South Auckland to launch a Rheumatic Fever project but was also keen to pop in and hear about some of the amazing work that’s been happening at CM Health over the past year.
We used the opportunity to talk about our approach to Rheumatic Fever and to showcase some of our achievements with System Integration and the development of Locality Clinical Partnerships, as well as the success of our 20,000 Days campaign. It was a very positive meeting and the Minister left most impressed by the work you are all doing in leading health system redesign so that we are both excellent and sustainable in future. In fact, he asked us to prepare a brochure on 20,000 Days which he will be sending to all district health boards nationwide in order to spark national interest around this very innovative, and successful, campaign. This is an enormous credit to everyone involved. Well done.
It was also a great pleasure to escort the Minister around the new Clinical Services Building (CSB). He pointed out that, excluding the rebuild of Christchurch Public Hospital, the CSB is the Government’s largest single capital investment into healthcare. It was a great reminder of just how much investment has come into Middlemore over the past decade or so, and how it has enabled us to develop state of the art facilities to significantly improve the way we deliver care.
The Minister’s visit also emphasized just how small the world has become. During his time with us, we showed him the video we’ve developed to visually explain our System Integration programme. After leaving Middlemore, he took to Twitter to share the video link:
Within a couple of hours, this had been retweeted by people across the globe, including Professor Chris Ham, the Chief Executive of the King’s Fund in London. From there, I got an email from the Department of Health in the UK asking permission to use it. It was going viral, and not in the way we in health normally think of! This extraordinary and almost instantaneous response brought home just how interconnected the world has become and how easy it is to share great ideas globally.
This reminds me that we’re also busy counting down to another global networking and sharing opportunity, with mere weeks to go until this year’s APAC Forum. APAC 2013 promises to build on last year’s success, with more people from more places coming to our doorstep to learn from each other and spark innovative ideas and solutions. Next week I’ll be blogging with Jonathan Gray to tell you more about this exciting event and the world-class speakers we have lined up.
As I ponder our sense of global connection and the small world in which we live, I’m also reminded of this blog. Every time someone signs up to follow it via email, I receive a notification. Much to my surprise, it’s not just Kiwis who are reading it – there are followers in all corners of the globe: the UK, USA and even Sudan! It’s fantastic but does leave me feeling like there’s quite an audience watching, whether I’m blogging about CM Health’s success or my terrible terrier!
Speaking of which, Lottie has a spring in her step and loves meeting other dogs on the beach. Of course, this has spin-offs for me too as I’m sure taking the dog for a long walk is helping my ongoing efforts to lose weight and have a MiddleNOmore. Lottie remains utterly mischievous although she is making some slow progress. She’s stopped chasing the cat and we’ve also enrolled her in puppy class. Needless to say, she’s given plenty of homework. Thanks Heather from the Howick Home Health Care team for your advice on this.
Finally, good luck to our Board Chair, Professor Gregor Coster, who is currently in Europe representing New Zealand in triathlon. I’m sure you join me in sending him our best wishes.