Poetry, singing and golden Mr Potato Heads all featured at the recent Manaaki Hauora campaign celebration at Ko Awatea.
Health workers and patients gathered together to acknowledge work carried out through Manaaki Hauora – supporting wellness over the last 18 months.
The campaign comprises 16 projects designed to engage, activate and connect patients who live with long-term conditions.
Counties Manukau Health chair Lee Mathias and deputy chief executive Ron Pearson presented golden Mr Potato Heads to project leads and teams.
Ko Awatea delivery manager Diana Dowdle explains Mr Potato Head was used during training sessions to teach participants to use the model for improvement and Plan Do Study Act cycles (PDSA) to test their ideas for improvement.
David Codyre, clinical lead of Manaaki Hauora described the programme’s aim to provide self-management support for 50,000 people living with long-term conditions in Counties Manukau Health by December 2016 as “astonishingly bold”.
“There are very few places which have tried to take on what we did, which is to systemically find the ingredients to implement self-management support and change in the ways that GPs practices and hospital services work in such a system-wide way,” he said.
One of the strengths of Manaaki Hauora is its use of co-design, meaning both service users and providers are involved in the process of designing change, he said.
Highlights from some projects were presented including; Save your Breath – a project to reduce re-admissions for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the Kia Kaha Wheel of Support project to support patients with long-term conditions through health coaching, peer leaders, online and phone support, and Own my Gout – a programme involving community pharmacists to improve gout therapy for patients.
The Own my Gout team was recently awarded by the Health Quality and Safety Commission for a poster depicting the programme.
Gout patient, Arthur Te Anini shared his insights in the form of a poem; “crystal needles bore into your toes, wrists, knees and more – the pain, the pain… it’s very sore.”
A group of Tongan patients and their families, part of the Kia Kaha collaborative, wore vibrant national costume, shared their experiences of their support group and sang several songs in Tongan.
Ms Dowdle says many teams have implementation plans to scale and spread their projects.