The increasing demand on hospital resources across Counties Manukau highlighted the need for enduring improvements in ways that kept communities healthy.
Children who access quality early childhood education (ECE) are more likely to succeed at school, get a job and stay out of trouble. Those who don’t are often disadvantaged. Vulnerable families are often the ones who don’t send their children to early childhood education. ECE centres thought expensive marketing was the only solution to increase…
Gout is a chronic condition caused by excess monosodium urate crystal deposition in and around the joints, ligaments and tendons. It causes painful inflammation and swelling, limits function and impacts on quality of life. Gout can be prevented with medicines to reduce urate levels in the blood such as allopurinol. A reduction of the blood…
New Zealand, similar to many other countries experiences an imbalance of health service demand, workforce supply and affordability. The current medical workforce is aging, in 2012 the average age of a General Practice clinician was 50. As models of care move out of hospitals and into the community demand for GPs and other primary health…
Faster Cancer Treatment: using a health target as the platform for delivering sustainable system changes
In October 2014 the NZ Ministry of Health introduced a new health target: Faster Cancer Treatment (FCT). This target states that by July 2016, 85% of patients receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer and need to be seen within two weeks,…
Effects of the Implementation of System-Level Performance Measures in Hospitals: A Systematic Review.
The Institute of Medicine describes a high performing
organisation with quality healthcare as encompassing six
1. Effective healthcare
2. Patient-centered healthcare
3. Timely healthcare
4. Efficient healthcare
5. Equitable healthcare
6. Safe healthcare
Project SWIFT is a programme of work supported by developments in technology, that aims to improve the health of people in Counties Manukau through initiatives focused on community-based care and improving hospital systems. It is being carried out by the Counties Manukau District Health Board (DHB) in New Zealand over a four-year period. Counties Manukau…