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Hawke’s Bay’s inaugural health award finalists

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3 February 2006

Hawke’s Bay’s inaugural health award finalists announced

The finalists in the inaugural Hawke's Bay Health Awards finalists have been announced and, says acting chief executive officer Ray Lind, “We have been delighted with the calibre all entrants in this, the inaugural Hawke’s Bay Health Awards. They, without a doubt, represent some of the most talented and innovative health professionals in New Zealand.”

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, together with the Awards’ sponsors Telecom, Gen-i and GE Healthcare, celebrated with entrants in the announcement of the 18 finalists, drawn from a field of 32 applications.

The finalists now progress to the next stage, where their entry is judged in one of four award categories and the selection of the supreme winner. The winners will be announced at the awards dinner to be held on Thursday 16th February.

The Awards have been introduced to recognise outstanding innovation, quality and service initiatives that improve the health of people in Hawke’s Bay and the Chatham Islands. The award categories include research, customer service and service improvement, innovation and new initiatives and service integration. Within each category the finalists have demonstrated effective planning, leadership, collaboration, sustainability and commitment to improve the health and well-being of our community.

Says Mr Lind “It has been inspiring to see the large number of entries submitted by teams of health professionals from different organisations, who are working together to deliver improved health outcomes for our community. Hawke’s Bay people should be proud of their collaborative and individual dedication to making a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities.”


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The finalists are:

CATEGORY - APPLIED RESEARCH TO IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES

Richard Moore, Eastern Institute of Technology:
Thrombolysis: reducing time to administration at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board - Thrombolysis is now a standard therapy for patients (with no contra-indications) diagnosed with an acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). The time to administer thrombolysis is critical to treatment success and to improve health outcomes for people with myocardial infarction.

Pip Rutherford, HBDHB
Our Sore Point - A five year study, 2001 – 2005, into prevalence and incidence of pressure ulcers in Hawke’s Bay Hospital.


CATEGORY – SERVICE INTEGRATION MEETING HEALTH NEEDS

Kilbirnie Pharmacy & HBDHB Women, Children, Youth and Community Service
Pharmacy services to the Chatham Islands - Pharmacy services to New Zealand’s most remote rural community. From 'just doing' to providing a quality, customer focused, community service in 12 months.

HBDHB Women, Children, Youth and Community Service
An Integrated Programme for Well Child / Tamariki Ora providers and Children’s Inpatient Acute and Elective Services Unit - the purpose of the programme is to improve continuity of care, for babies and young children / tamariki.

Takapau Community Health Charitable Trust
A rural primary health care nurse - community partnership - The people of Takapau, Norsewood and adjacent rural communities have designed and developed a successful rural health service which is directly responsive to the moment and to the health of people in their everyday lives.

HBDHB Heart Smart Team
The Heart Smart Programme - The Heart Smart programme is varied and caters for many differing individual needs and conditions. Cardiovascular health is maximised through five key areas: health promotion, disease prevention, management of acute episodes and chronic conditions, palliative and rehabilitation to resume optimal heart healthy living.


CATEGORY – INNOVATION AND NEW INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES

Eastern Institute of Technology, Tu Meke First Choice PHO, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga, HBDHB
An advanced nursing practice initiative in primary health - Primary health is accessible to people in their communities, involves community participation, and is an integral part of and central function of New Zealand’s health system. This initiative places an advanced nursing practice role in general practice in a partnership between EIT, Hawke’s Bay DHB and Tu Meke First Choice PHO.

Te Whatuiapiti Trust : Te Waireka
Alcohol and other drug residential service for rangatahi / youth -Te Waireka offers a voluntary kaupapa Maori alcohol and other drug residential service for rangatahi / youth referred from the Central Region. The facility provides up to ten beds for rangatahi / youth of all cultures aged between 14 and 19 years of age.

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Community Services Unit
The developmental assessment programme - Providing excellence in assessment for children with developmental and behavioural disabilities. The Developmental Assessment Programme provides multidisciplinary assessments for children aged between 0 – 18 suspected of having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and / or Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their comorbidities.

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board
Prostate Clinic – improving health outcomes for the men of Hawke’s Bay - The development of the Prostate Clinic got underway in mid-2004 in an effort to reduce the number of men waiting to seen by a Urologist for lower urinary tract symptoms. It has been a success in reducing waiting times and providing a high quality service.

Hastings Health Centre
The Hastings Health Centre Maori and Pacific health service -The Maori and Pacific health service aims to build working relationships between general practitioners and Maori providers, working together for the benefit of the patient.

Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated
Hikoi for Health – Walk the Talk - Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated responded to the concerns expressed in the McElnay report “An indication of Hawke’s Bay peoples’ health” by challenging their whanau/hapu/iwi to Hikoi for health. This involved walking the distance of the Iwi coastline. From Paritu to Turakirae – 515 kilometres over a 40 day period.


CATEGORY - SERVICE IMPROVEMENT TO ENHANCE CUSTOMER SERVICE

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga
Oranga Niho A Whanau Oral Health Service - The oral health status of Maori in Hawke's Bay is poor. In 2001 they were entrusted with the a new Maori dental service pilot – Oranga Niho. From this seed has matured a quality, community owned service – a true taonga for the Hastings Maori community.

The Doctors Systems Ltd, Hawke’s Bay Primary Health Organisation
Service to improve access to mental health care - The programme is a pilot project to offer subsidised GP consultations for people on low incomes with acute mental health problems, principally anxiety and depression. The aim of this motivated multi-disciplinary team is to help people understand their problem and gain the skills to help themselves regain mental well being.

The Doctors Systems Ltd.
School based clinics project - This project provides primary health service clinics to children/tamariki in decile one and two secondary schools. A key objective is to ensure the activities of a range of health professionals, are coordinated and targeted to meet the needs of adolescents within high-needs schools.

Tamatea Medical Centre, Hawke’s Bay Primary Health Organisation (HBPHO), HBDHB Oral Health Service
‘Keep me smiling’ oral health project - In an effort to improve the oral health of Maori and Pacific children resources and services have been developed to ensure that all children enrolled, or who have an association with Tamatea Medical Centre and Maraenui Medical Centre are enrolled in the School Dental Service by age three. This initiative has been supported by HBPHO under Services to Improve Access funding.

HBDHB Oral Health Service
Wairoa adolescent school dental programme - Driven from an identified need to provide an oral health service for adolescents in Wairoa this initiative demonstrates leadership, integration of service planning, management and collaboration across a range of health sectors.

Cranford Hospice
Liverpool Care Pathway - Promoting best practice for the care of the dying the Liverpool Care Pathway has been successfully implemented around the world, and has now been introduced to Hawke’s Bay.

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