Counties Manukau DHB and Ko Awatea are delighted to host Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, who flew in from Wales just in time to open the Innovation Lab with Auckland Mayor, Len Brown.
Sir Mansel joined health professionals, sponsors and other guests to celebrate the opening of a facility that will provide people from around the country with a space to think, plan, create, and execute great ideas and initiatives. Initiatives that will help improve the way healthcare is delivered now and into the future.
The opening of the Innovation Lab was Sir Mansel’s first event in New Zealand and his first look at Ko Awatea – a place he has been following with interest since it opened its doors in June 2011. He is delighted to see the dream become a reality and fully supports the work the various teams are doing.
At the opening Sir Mansel shared some valuable insights (see below) into the healthcare challenges we are all facing –food for thought as we develop our own culture of change and improvement.
The major dilemmas of ill health, such as poverty and disadvantage, lie outside the health service and you can’t improve the health system if you ignore them. How do we do this? It all comes down to changing behaviours, expectations and beliefs.
- A belief is something that someone holds to be true.
- We need to stop our citizens from falling into the river of ill-health, rather than being so focussed on fishing them out. We need to work much harder at keeping people well in our communities.
- What is leadership?
– The ability to strongly influence a group of people towards a common goal.
– Leadership is like happiness. When you’ve got it, you don’t know it. And if you pursue it, you won’t attain it.
– Bosses and leaders are not necessarily the same. Bosses have power and authority; leaders have influence and pull others along with them.
- If you have the passion to make things better, pick up the baton and run with it. If no-one asks you to stop – keep going!
- Biggest cultural challenges:
– Fear of fear itself
– Fear of change
– Fear of failure
– Fear of political change
– Fear of demographic change
Sir Mansel will be with us until June, meeting with health system stakeholders within CMDHB and across New Zealand, holding workshops for staff and students, and contributing to publications and academic papers.
Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB was appointed as Chair of Public Health Wales in 2009.
He is physician and specialist in rheumatology, rehabilitation, therapeutics and clinical pharmacology.
He played a key role in the development of the UK’s medical assessment for incapacity (the All Work Test), the Personal Capability Assessment and the Pathways to Work initiative for vocational rehabilitation.
– Public Health Wales