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

 


ProCare Network excels in National Health Targets

2 September 2014

For immediate release

ProCare Network excels in National Health Targets

ProCare’s ranking as first equal and second in the recently released National Health Target PHO results is a remarkable achievement for the network, says ProCare Health Ltd Board Chair Dr Harley Aish.

The ProCare network results are:

1st equal - more heart and diabetes checks

92% - total population

90% - high needs

2nd - better help for smokers to quit

104% - total population

105% - high needs

Results are above 100 percent as

(100% is reached by giving brief advice to every smoker who visits their practice. This was exceeded by giving brief advice to enrolled smokers who hadn’t attended in the last 12 months, ie via texting and phone calls)

The network also reached 93% for eight-month-old immunisations and 92% for high needs children.

Dr Aish says these results demonstrate what can be realised when the network works towards common objectives and learns from each other. ‘While the numbers are impressive, what is really exciting is the difference the network has made to people’s understanding of their health risks, especially in our Maori and Pacific communities. Just as an example, our referrals to Quitline increased by 400% over the last year and between April and June 1600 people quit smoking. Smoking rates among for our enrolled population have fallen to 14%. Shows what we can do when we get all bits of the puzzle right.’

As a PHO, strong clinical leadership and collaboration were central to achieving the health targets, says Dr Aish. ProCare worked closely with practices, identifying the support they needed, be it extra people, IT support or funding. ‘We dug around as a team to uncover what worked well, what didn’t, and shared this information freely. For a lot of practices now, CVD risk screening and smoking – brief advice is now business as usual.

‘Practices developed some very creative solutions for getting hold of hard-to-reach patients. One very effective strategy was holding special nurse-led clinics on a Saturday morning. In just one four-hour session at one practice, the nurses saw 22 patients, carried out blood tests, vaccinations, screenings, changed dressings, updated patient files and sent out 160 texts giving advice on quitting smoking.’

Dr Aish says being able to leverage the skills and services of partner organisations such as Quitline was a great help. ‘Practices have good processes in place now to sustain this level of screening and support. It’s such a natural way of working and caring for our patients. Reaching our targets means doing good things for our patients, family and community.’


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

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>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news