Ko Awatea ‘Bright Spots’ spark first TEDxManukau
Principal at Otara’s Yendarra School Sue Dunlop has reduced truancy, dental decay and skin infection among students simply by changing what they eat. Ms Dunlop is one of ‘40 bright spots’, identified by Counties Manukau Health’s innovation and improvement arm, Ko Awatea.
Ko Awatea Director Prof Jonathon Gray explains; “people who are living satisfying and fulfilling lives are less likely to require healthcare services.” To that end he asked Ko Awatea staff to find individuals or organisations supporting South Aucklanders to live well – Bright Spots.
Now, some of these inspirational people are among 10 speakers at the first TEDxManukau, with Ko Awatea a foundation sponsor of the event.
“This sponsorship fits perfectly with our aspirations for the population we serve,” Professor Gray says, noting that building TEDxManukau allows Ko Awatea to take the Bright Spots’ ideas, such as the Yendarra School initiative, and share them. “What if this initiative was spread across all schools across our district?” he asks. “Could we reduce the incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in our population?”
Ko Awatea has a strong history of creating ground-breaking initiatives to improve health, among them: eliminating the incidence of central line associated infection to zero by teaching clinicians to follow four simple steps; and giving the community 20,000 healthy days by reducing demands on Middlemore Hospital.
Other speakers at TEDxManukau include mental health advocate and celebrated former comedian Mike King, who in 2009 created the TV and radio show ‘The Nutters Club’, and World Vision New Zealand chief executive Chris Clarke.
TEDx Manukau will be held Monday 31 August, 9am-5pm at Ko Awatea Centre.