In service to our community

Today was the last meeting of our current Counties Manukau District Health Board, which means saying good bye to some great board members who have been guiding our DHB over the past few years. In particular I’d like to acknowledge the great work, support and leadership from Dr Lee Mathias, who has been our Chair for the past three years. It’s a real honour to hand over my blog to Lee to reflect on her time at CM Health.

Unfortunately my term at Counties Manukau District Health Board has come to an end.  This provides an opportunity for me to reflect on all we have achieved and all that there is still left to do.  Over the past three years, I have been delighted to be given the opportunity to support the leadership team – that is what good governance is all about.

CM Health, under Geraint Martin’s leadership, has demonstrated that transformational change can be undertaken, in a planned and orderly way, even in the most challenging of environments. Our population present with a never ending demand on services in extraordinarily complex situations. This has the effect of galvanising all of those who work at CM Health to serve our community, to be excellent and kind.

The transformation, from the Best in Australasia to Healthy Together 2020, seeks to support our population to experience the health they deserve, know what good health looks like, and through our professional support and their own participation, live every day in their community healthier than the one prior.

The future focus will be on attaining and maintaining a stable positive health status, which will be underpinned by sustainable access to relevant technology by the health professionals charged with this care. Much of the activity for chronic disease and those people who are at risk is undertaken in the community through our localities. It is my observation that the focus of care for diabetes services, one of our biggest services, is now in the community. For that you can be very proud.

This is the way of the future. No longer will the 20th century model, underpinned by medical interventions, be the default model for healthcare services. CM Health will continue to question and seek out confirmation from the literature and change models of care which give the health outcomes desired by patients. These are the characteristics of 21st century healthcare.

The culture at CM Health is strong. Stick to your resolve to be leaders and change-makers serving your community; you do it well and deserve all the recognition given. I am proud of what has been achieved and will continue to take an active interest in the transformation as it continues.

On behalf of CM Health we wish Lee and our outgoing Board members well in the future and thank them for their valuable contribution. Next year I look forward to working with our new CMDHB Chair, Dr Lester Levy and our Board colleagues in what I believe will be an exciting and positive time. The new Board will meet for the first time in February 2017.



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.

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