Next week we will all have the opportunity to take part in the opening of Ko Awatea and the colloquium to follow. It’s been an exhausting but exciting time as we have been focused on this event for many months as the building has come to completion.
For me, it’s also time to look beyond the opening to what this event signifies and for me, that is focusing on making a positive difference to our community and patients, because we are, after all, here for them. Improving the health of our community is our reason for coming to work each day.
The question I have been asking many people lately is where is the patient and where is the community in what we are doing? And, what is it that we can do, through Ko Awatea that will improve our services? This is what I am committed to doing within Ko Awatea – ensuring that we can develop our relationships with our communities, so they can partner with us to ensure they get what they need to optimise their health and the healthcare system.
In keeping in mind that most of our healthcare is provided, not in hospitals, but in communities, this is doubly important, because healthcare is not just about illness or clinical treatment, it is about wellness, wellbeing and health.
However, hospitals are also where people are at their most vulnerable, so the care we provide has to be the best we can make it.
Right now, like you, we are considering the consultation document for the organisational design of Ko Awatea. I am very aware that proposals for such change create a lot of anxiety for people and I, for one will be glad when it’s over and the decisions are made. I have valued the discussions and feedback that has come to me directly and feel confident and excited about the future ahead for Ko Awatea and our organisation as a whole. Our opening next week marks a beginning, where we look forward to building a great team to support this future.