Ko Awatea – an appropriate name for a centre that is designed to bring together thinking, innovation and action. Ko Awatea, a great name for a centre that wants to capture the opportunity of that moment at the beginning of a new day, just as the first light appears and perhaps anything is possible. Ko Awatea – an opportunity to respectfully build on the world class work of those colleagues around us and those that went before.
We’ve been watching the Ko Awatea building take shape over the past few months and in June it will be in operation. It holds exciting potential for us at Counties-Manukau.
We know that the health sector as a whole has seen change that has led to doing many things better. We’ve also experienced frustration with the variable care that our patients receive. I know we all want better than this. I believe Ko Awatea will be the catalyst for us to produce systematic, sustainable change locally, and to be the place the region and country looks to for innovation and solutions to the challenges we face as we strive to advance and progress healthcare.
I believe Ko Awatea will be the catalyst for us to produce systematic, sustainable change locally, and to be the place the region and country looks to for innovation and solutions to the challenges we face as we strive to advance and progress healthcare.”
We will do this by generating ideas, planning and implementation on the ground as a team, with every staff member having the opportunity to participate. We will be building on the strong foundations already in place – we’re doing great things with initiatives such as the Six Hour Project, Good To Great, and outstanding research projects have been developed across the organisation. Now, it’s time to create connections between these projects and with the wider health community.
This means reaching out to our professional partners locally, nationally and internationally, and to our communities, to bring different perspectives to our thinking. In that way, we can build our own capacity and skills. In turn, we will also contribute our thinking and results to our networks.
So how does this translate into action? Firstly there is our commitment to building the best workforce, here in south Auckland. We will bring together and add value to the teaching of all our undergraduate healthcare students. As well as giving them a “home” we will share with them, expose them to, improvement and innovation – with a clear and relentless intent to create skilled healthcare workers proficient in 2 jobs – their professional job, and also how to improve their work.
The design of the Ko Awatea building is a graphic statement of the ‘how’ of Ko Awatea. There’s a natural flow in the way the building has been designed so that people can mingle, share ideas and stimulate thinking, carry out research and source the latest information, through to a collaborative work space to turn ideas into plans for action. Our leaders and experts will also be brought together to discuss and evaluate the results before implementation.
Ko Awatea also has teaching spaces, seminar rooms and a lecture theater with large screens and technology to help us to connect with others and share what we are doing with the rest of the region, nationally and internationally.
On the ground, this means:
Nurses, midwives, allied healthcare and medical staff will have a place for further education and learning, where quality initiatives to improve patient care will be developed, and where experiences from the wards and theaters can be shared, problems identified, and solutions developed and implemented.
Nurses, midwives, allied healthcare and medical staff will have a place for further education and learning, where quality initiatives to improve patient care will be developed, and where experiences from the wards and theaters can be shared, problems identified, and solutions developed and implemented.”
Our staff will provide the resources, leadership and knowledge to take innovation further. There will be better and easier access to research, and the learning from local national and international work will be taken back into our community. As part of that process, information will be shared and there will be better ways to benchmark and measure against other DHBs.
Non-clinical staff will have a place to learn while providing vital input for further improvement.
Our researchers and academics can come together to explore and share ideas and Ko Awatea provides the space, technology and resources to do this.
Students will also be able to use Ko Awatea for learning, combining their energy and enthusiasm with the wisdom and knowledge of the experts and clinicians so they can learn from across all the disciplines and turn knowledge into practice.
Community groups and organisations will be able to access and share ideas and knowledge to help improve community health and use the on-site resources.
Together we will be able to improve patient care based on best practice and research.
As we go through this journey, I want to develop a conversation with all my colleagues, to hear your ideas and gain your feedback on what we’re doing, and how you see Ko Awatea. Please help us make this successful, and watch out for information and discussion in the blog, the website and over time at our twitter and Facebook sites