Building on the success of the 20,000 Days Campaign which ‘gave back’ over 23,000 days of health to our community, Beyond 20,000 Days is a natural progression in bringing a range of initiatives that support good health and well being.
Four key work streams are:
- Living well in the community
- Keeping people who are at-risk well in the community
- Rapid response to acute events in the community
- Coordinated and rapid care in Emergency Care
Primary care is an essential component in this campaign which has patient wellbeing and patient care at its heart. Otara Family and Christian Health Centre are strong supporters of Beyond 20,000 Days. Practice nurses Rohini and Siniva say that teaching health literacy to patients has become an important part of their roles.
The Otara practice has been running Healthy Skin clinics for some months now and have noticed that once people really understand what is happening with skin infections they are much more likely to apply the medications correctly and to take antibiotics as prescribed. “Doing this has meant we have had to change some prescribing habits, such as changing prescriptions from 3 times daily antibiotics to twice daily. This is much more manageable for parents with school-aged children,” says Rohini. “Further, we know that we are preventing avoidable hospital admissions by just spending more time with patients to explain what they need to do with their medicines.”
Paediatric specialist Dr Raj Maikoo also attends a Healthy Skin clinic at the practice once a month which enables specialist advice to be given and thus good learning opportunities for the practice staff. Rohini would like to see this expanded to include WellChild services working much more closely with the practice and which could include home visits. “We also perform risk assessments and refer as necessary.” Rohini says that the practice wants to make a real difference in the community and it is by improving health literacy and supporting family and whaanau that long-term gains can be made.