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

 


Official endorsement of Turanga Health’s services

Media Statement

Friday 21 March 2014

Official endorsement of Turanga Health’s services

Patients looked after by Turanga Health can rest assured that when they come into contact with Turanga Health staff and programmes they are in safe hands.

Turanga Health has proved itself to be a fully roadworthy health organisation having being awarded the equivalent of a "warrant of fitness" certificate from New Zealand health audit agency DAA*.

Known as accreditation, it’s a testing process for an organisation. It’s like signing up for a voluntary warrant of fitness and getting recognition that the organisation is performing well, says Turanga Health CEO Reweti Ropiha.

Depending on the level of quality an organisation demonstrates, it can earn accreditation for anything between one and four years. Turanga Health has earned four-year accreditation.

"We wanted to go through the accreditation programme so we knew our whānau and patients were getting the best possible care. We did this for them. They deserve the best and our team has proved that our care is definitely that," says Mr Ropiha.

“The idea of accreditation is to improve the quality of health organisations in New Zealand. To achieve it, it takes months of self-assessment of your processes. And it’s about finding any areas that need ironing out,” added Mr Ropiha.

Turanga Health Quality Manager Shirley Keown said achieving the four-year accreditation has taken months of team effort.

"We have tested ourselves against the highest standards in New Zealand. It's taken months and months to do. It's huge.”

She says going through accreditation meant if a problem was found, the organisation could fix it and make things even better. It’s the second time Turanga Health has been through the DAA accreditation process. The first was four years ago and Turanga Health performed well, necessitating only minor recommendations to processes and completing the periodic review.

Accreditors came for two days in December 2013 and because this was the second round of accreditation DAA set the bar high, says Ms Keown. DAA auditors looked at many processes, policies and procedures including the way Turanga Health maintains the privacy of personal health information; access for whānau with disabilities; recalling tamariki for immunisation; job descriptions; orientation; infection control; and ongoing educational activities for staff. Many of these match up with goals in the Turanga Health Quality Plan.

Ms Keown now has the pleasurable job now of organising for half a dozen large accreditation certificates to be framed and displayed around Turanga Health’s buildings for the public and staff to reflect on.

Ends

*The DAA Group is one of New Zealand’s leading providers of quality and risk management auditing services to the health and disability sector. For more information see http://www.daagroup.co.nz/


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news