News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Manukau-based PHO leads the way

Manukau-based PHO leads the way with heart and diabetes checks

For the second time in a row, Manukau-based primary health organisation Total Healthcare leads the country with the highest success rate for heart health and diabetes testing.

For the first quarter of the 2013/14 year, Total Healthcare took the top spot with 83 per cent of its eligible population having had their risk assessed as part of the national health targets.

This equates to 16,000 checks undertaken by Total Healthcare's contracted providers, East Tamaki Healthcare GP clinics.

East Tamaki Healthcare clinical services manager, nursing and allied health, Gillian Davies attributes the PHO's success to “innovative use of the non-clinical workforce”.

The PHO recruited and educated staff to approach eligible patients at East Tamaki Healthcare clinics, Mrs Davies says.

Patient eligibility is determined by gender, ethnicity and age.

When a patient who is eligible for the heart check arrives at a clinic, the computer system alerts the receptionist that the patient can have a free check. Staff then conduct the check, which takes 10 minutes, she says.

If the patient has a spouse or other relative with them at the time, ie, family members, who sometimes carry similar risk factors, they could also have a free check too.

Soon, word spread among local families who are registered with East Tamaki Healthcare clinics that the free check was available and more people made the most of this opportunity, Mrs Davies says.

When health minister Tony Ryall released the results of all PHOs’ progress towards three national health targets, he congratulated general practice teams all over New Zealand.

“While there is still more work to do to achieve these important preventative health targets, significant progress has been made since this government introduced the national health targets," Mr Ryall says.

The Government target is to have 90 per cent of the eligible population's heart and diabetes risk assessed by July 2014.

More on the national health targets can be found on the Ministry of Health website.

A heart and diabetes check (or cardiovascular risk assessment) will give you information on your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It will also determine your risk of having diabetes. The check will let you know what your risk is and suggest the best ways to improve your health.

The check includes:

· Questions about risk factors like smoking, exercise and what you eat and if there is any family history of heart attack or stroke.

· Measurement of your blood pressure, height, weight and waist.

· Testing of your blood for cholesterol (for heart health) and sugar levels (for diabetes testing).

· Education on your reducing risk.

See the East Tamaki Healthcare website to find our clinic nearest to you.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Memorabilia: Te Papa Buys Peter Snell Singlet

Te Papa has purchased the singlet worn by Peter Snell at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics at an auction this morning at Cordy’s auction house in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Women At The Centre

In the first chapter of her epic History of New Zealand Women, Barbara Brookes places a version of the Māori creation story alongside that of the Pākehā colonists, setting the scene for how each society saw women. The contrast is startling. More>>

In Auckland Art Gallery: A Tour Of Duty

I had already started my journey through the exhibited collections when an audio announcement about a guided tour to embark shortly from the foyer was made, I decided to join in. Why not? More>>

Art: ‘Holiday’ Wins IHC Art Awards

An intricate embroidered cushion by Wellington artist Jo-Anne Tapiki has won the 2016 IHC Art Awards and $5000. Jo-Anne started working from IHC’s Arts on High studio in Lower Hutt 18 months ago and this is the first time she has entered the competition. More>>

‘Quasi’: Christchurch Art Gallery Reveals Rooftop Sculpture

Christchurch-born and internationally renowned artist Ronnie van Hout has had a huge hand in Christchurch Art Gallery's latest outdoor installation. More>>

Obituary: Last 28th Maori Battalion A Company Veteran Dies

Charlie Petera, the final surviving member of A-Company of the 28th Maori Battalion has died at his home in Ngataki, Northland last night surrounded by his whanau. He was 91 years old. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news