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Productivity Commission recommends Canterbury model

Media Release

16 September 2015

Productivity Commission recommends Canterbury health alliance model

The New Zealand Productivity Commission has recognised the benefits of Canterbury’s health alliance model in its More Effective Social Services report released this week.

Canterbury’s health alliance, the Canterbury Clinical Network (CCN) is recognised in the report as a valuable model for the integration of New Zealand’s social services.

Chairperson of the CCN Alliance Leadership Team, Sir John Hansen welcomed greater integration between health and other social services.

“We fundamentally believe that all parts of a person’s life combine to contribute to good health and wellbeing,” Sir John said.

“Better integration and collaboration across social services is certainly worthwhile if it supports people to have the best and most equitable access to the services they need.

“The Canterbury health system at its very heart believes in collaboration and integration of services to provide better patient care.”

Canterbury Clinical Network Programme Director, Kim Sinclair-Morris said the Canterbury health system’s alliance framework has proven a highly effective model for services working together towards a shared vision.

“We know that coordinating care for people with complex needs helps ensure they experience seamless care and improves overall health outcomes,” Mrs Sinclair-Morris said.

“We believe the Canterbury Clinical Network epitomises many of the recommendations in the report, including giving providers who are close to clients more flexibility and accountability over resources, giving clients more say over the services they receive and directing resources so that people have more equitable access to the services they need.

“Our alliance approach supports the development of models of care that provide integrated care for people across a number of health and social service providers.”

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