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Health and Disability Plans for Porirua and Kapiti

10 July 2000

Draft Health and Disability Plan Released - Kapiti

THE first draft of the Health and Disability Plan for Kapiti has been released for community and provider comment.

"The plan brings together health status information and suggestions for improvement, and presents recommendations and planned actions which reflect the priorities of the communities and providers," Project Manager, Dr Fran McGrath said.

"The key focus of this plan is to identify ways to improve health and disability outcomes for people in the Kapiti District.

Dr McGrath said the greatest concern among people in the Kapiti District was access to publicly funded specialist outpatient services, provision of integrated emergency services based around a 24 hour Accident and Emergency service at Kenepuru Hospital, and better services in the Kapiti area.

"The Healthlinks Project team have taken these concerns on board and presented recommendations which will ensure the needs of the community are met."

The key recommendations relating to the Kapiti District include: improved frequency of outpatient services at Paraparaumu Hospital, and a

'hospital bus' service to Kenepuru and Wellington Hospitals. There are particular issues for people in Otaki, and the project's recommendations would give them more choice of where they received their specialist services. provision of A & E services at Kenepuru Hospital, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. increasing the services that are available locally, particularly for children and the growing population of young people, better birthing facilities on the Coast, Better integration of services by involving local community and providers, linking health promotion and treatment services, and integrating disability support and treatment services. a continuing intersectoral partnership to advise funders and providers and to facilitate co-ordinated action.

Submissions on the draft plans close on July 31. A final plan will be submitted to the Minister of Health by the end of August.

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For further information please contact Dr Fran McGrath 04 496 2442 / 021 459 400

Background Information

Recommendations are presented as: Actions Recommended and Actions Planned.

Actions recommended: these are recommendations to the Minister of Health, the Health Funding Authority and District Health Boards, various providers and other agencies such as the Wellington Regional Council and Porirua City Council.

Actions planned: present proposals that developed during this project, in discussion with community and providers in Porirua, and they have already been agreed by the organisations involved. These proposals can be seen as a measure of the impact that the Healthlinks project has already had in bringing together information about health needs, community priorities and provider proposals and achieving agreement to implement matters that are important in the local area.

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Draft Health and Disability Plan Released - Porirua

THE first draft of the Health and Disability Plan for Porirua City has been released for community and provider comment.

"The plan brings together health status information and suggestions for improvement, and presents recommendations and planned actions which reflect the priorities of the communities and providers," Project Manager, Dr Fran McGrath said.

"The key focus of this plan is to identify ways to improve health and disability outcomes for people in Porirua City.

Dr McGrath said the greatest concerns among people in Porirua City related to residents in the eastern and western suburbs who had poor access to primary care services. This included the high cost of transport, general practitioner consultations and prescribed medicines, provision of services appropriate for Maori and Pacific Peoples, and local access to specialist and hospital services.

"The Healthlinks Project team have taken these concerns on board and presented recommendations which will ensure the needs of the community are met."

The key recommendations related to Porirua City include: that the Minister considers a pilot project for substantially free General Practitioner consultations and prescribed medicines for everyone holding a community services card. better information about services. services that are effective for Maori and Pacific Peoples, particularly health promotion and primary care services. hospital A & E services at Kenepuru Hospital, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. improved access to specialist services by increasing the services available at Kenepuru Hospital. a greater range of services from Maori providers and Pacific providers. Provider and workforce development are needed to support this. provision of population-based funding at the level of Porirua City, and ensuring that people with the greatest needs have access to more effective services involvement of local community and providers in developing services, by linking health promotion and treatment services, integrating disability support and treatment services continuing intersectoral action to improve health outcomes, and an intersectoral partnership to advise funders and providers and to facilitate co-ordinated action.

Submissions on the draft plans close on July 31. A final plan will be submitted to the Minister of Health by the end of August.

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For further information please contact Dr Fran McGrath 04 496 2442 / 021 459 400

Background Information

The recommendations are presented as: Actions Recommended and Actions Planned.

Actions recommended: these are recommendations to the Minister of Health, the Health Funding Authority and District Health Boards, various providers and other agencies such as the Wellington Regional Council and Porirua City Council.

Actions planned: present proposals that developed during this project, in discussion with community and providers in Porirua, and they have already been agreed by the organisations involved. These proposals can be seen as a measure of the impact that the Healthlinks project has already had in bringing together information about health needs, community priorities and provider proposals and achieving agreement to implement matters that are important in the local area.

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