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Launch of the Going Home Folder Project

Hon Annette King
31 January 2002 Speech Notes

Launch of the Going Home Folder Project

I am very pleased and excited to join you today to launch the ‘Going Home Folder’. It is a pleasure to support and celebrate the work that has gone into realising this very worthy project.

I would especially like to acknowledge the efforts of everyone who has put their time and energy into developing this folder. I know many people provided valuable input and advice and I wish to congratulate all those who have worked on this project.

I would particularly like to thank:
- Rainbow Children’s Trust Trustee Dame Ann Hercus, who chaired the working group which designed the folder.
- Dr Alison Daniels, a paediatrician at Christchurch Hospital
- Ruth Ward, clinical charge nurse at one of the hospital’s two childrens’ wards
- GP Dr Mike Glen
- Practice nurse Christine Watson, and
- Carolyn Gullery from Pegasus Health.

I am sure you’ll all agree that making sure information is available is important when it comes to health, particularly the health of our children.

New Zealand Heath Strategy

The New Zealand Health Strategy sets the platform for the Government’s action on health. Child Health is one of the key 13 priority population health objectives in the New Zealand Health Strategy --- ensuring access to appropriate child health care services including well child and family health care and immunisation.

Our children deserve the best health services that treat their needs as paramount.

They deserve to have access to services that are delivered in partnership with their families/whänau by organisations whose health professionals embrace family/whänau-focused care.

It goes without saying that such services need to be safe, culturally acceptable and value diversity.

The Child Health Strategy provides a framework for achieving gains in child health, with its four priority populations of tamariki Maori, Pacific children, children with high health and disability support needs, and children from families with multiple social and economic disadvantage.

A key principle in achieving health gain for children is that “child health and disability support service staff should work together, with each other, and with staff from other sectors, to benefit the child”. This folder is a practical example of this principle in action.

Going Home Folder

As parents and caregivers go home from hospital and assume responsibility for the care of a sick or recovering child, the responsibility can sometimes feel overwhelming as they have a lot of information to remember.

Anything we can do to support parents in their caregiving role will be of benefit to the child, and this folder is a practical resource to assist parents care for their child and access services when needed.

Parents won’t have to remember every piece of information they received while in hospital, as they know they can read it again when they are at home. Parents can also show the folder to their GP or after hours doctor so the child’s history can be easily, and accurately, shared between professionals.

The folder provides clear direction for parents in how to get back in touch with services if they are having problems, or if the parents need additional advice and support, especially in the middle of the night when things always seem more likely to go wrong.

The attractive bright folder will also ensure it isn’t going to be easily lost.

I am pleased to see the Well Child Tamariki Ora Health Book will easily fit in this folder.

This is positive, as it will mean whoever sees the child is able to complete the parent held record in the Well Child Tamariki Ora Health Book and this will help primary providers communicate better. Groups such as Well Child providers, Plunket, GPs and Midwives will all find this folder and book a useful resource.

This initiative is a step towards better information sharing between primary and secondary care.

The Child Health Information System Kidslink has just gone live in Counties Manukau, linking Well Child providers, primary care and Middlemore Hospital, and moving toward our goal of seamless care for children. This folder is a great first step for Christchurch and we can build on it to improve child health services.

It is positive that the Rainbow Trust has played a key role in working with the hospital and Pegasus Medical Group on this project to meet an identified need for parents needing information after their child is discharged from hospital.

Clearly this is an example of community involvement in children’s health, and it is a model of collaborative community involvement that I hope will be repeated in other areas and in other DHBs.

I would once again like to congratulate everyone for the initiative and commitment in creating a resource I know will be of enormous benefit to our children, and of enormous comfort to their parents.

I wish you all the best and thank you again for inviting me to be part of this event.


ENDS

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