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

 


Taumarunui adopts integrated health care model

Media Release

Date: 4 March 2014


Taumarunui adopts integrated health care model

New model fosters working partnerships amongst healthcare services and providers

A new integrated health services model adopted by health professionals will strengthen effective and sustainable health services in Taumarunui, says Waikato District Health Board (DHB) chief operating officer Jan Adams.

Mrs Adams sponsored workshops in Taumarunui in May 2012 which identified the need for an integrated model of care in the north of the Ruapehu District served by Waikato DHB which includes Taumarunui.

These meetings involved community members and Waikato DHB staff.

The participants identified various work streams for further development and formed the Taumarunui Health Governance Group to oversee progress and support initiatives.

The governance group consists of leaders from key local health care and community agencies including Waikato DHB, Taumarunui Commmunity Kokiri Trust, Ruapehu District Council, Clayton & Hayes Pharmacy, St John, Enterprising Taumarunui Inc and an Iwi Maori Council / New Zealand Institute of Rural Health representative.

Former Mayor Sue Morris adopted the integrated health project under the Mayor’s Taskforce for Health in August 2012.

Mrs Adams, who chairs the governance group, said the relationship between the group and the mayor’s taskforce was significant.

“It helped to progress the work plan agreed after the three day workshop.

“Having locals on the governance and working groups means that we have a model that meets the needs of the local community.

“I acknowledge Kokiri Trust and Waikato DHB staff both in Taumarunui and in support of the project for the significant work on developing a model that focuses on ‘every door is the right door for health in Taumarunui’.”

“The Taumarunui Integrated Health Care Model gives the community a locally owned health care model that fosters working partnerships amongst health care services,” said Mrs Morris.

Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust chief executive Christine Brears said the adoption of the Taumarunui Integrated Health Care Model was exciting.

“Over the next few years the model will drive the way we all deliver health care in and around Taumarunui. Developed care pathways support the model.

“This will mean we will address local health issues through our health services working closely together.”

The first of these has seen the development of an asthma pathway for children, young people, and their families.

Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust and Waikato DHB staff took a lead role in the development of the model with input from local health services.

In September 2013 a formal presentation of the model of care was made to the governance goup and the model approved.

Some of the key activities underway are the development of an education calendar that will include learning opportunities for all local health services and a “welcome to Taumarunui” booklet for health professionals coming into the area is under development.

“We are aiming to increase the support available for our existing staff and for new staff coming into the area and to encourage collaboration between services,” said Mrs Adams.

“Work to date also includes the development of the child asthma pathway; the establishment of a telemedicine link in the Taumarunui ED; and the completion of a stocktake of health professionals in Taumarunui, which we will use to plan future health workforce requirements.

“Integrated care pathways will ensure people are able to see the health professional that can best meet their needs as quickly and easily as possible. The principle of “every door is the right door” becomes a reality for people accessing health services in Taumarunui,” she said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Art: World Premiere Of In Pursuit Of Venus [infected]

World Premiere of in Pursuit of Venus [infected] opens this Saturday at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki More>>

Fashion: The 11th ID International Emerging Designer Winner Announced

Emerging Kiwi fashion designer Steve Hall has taken out the top prize at the 11th annual iD International Emerging Designer Awards held at the Town Hall in Dunedin, New Zealand. More>>

Review: Singin’ In The Rain

Singin’ in the Rain , the wet and wonderful musical production all the way from London’s West End, officially opened at St. James Theatre in Wellington. More>>

Francis Cook: Gallipoli: The Scale Of Our War – First Look

Te Papa today allowed media access to their new exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War . The exhibition was curated with help from Weta Workshop to deliver an immersive, realistic and even disorienting experience. More>>

ALSO:

Bats Theatre: Letters From The Front Brings ANZAC Letters Alive

Inspired by centenary commemorations, improv troupe Best on Tap is producing a show based on real-life letters sent to and from New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news