Ko Awatea’s clinical lead Dr Mataroria Lyndon has been named the Young Professional of the Year at the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2016.
Dr Lyndon (Ngati Hine, Waikato) was recognised for his work in health equity and the development of national health reporting tools called System Level Measures.
The awards, which were held in Wellington, also saw Ko Awatea recognised as a finalist in the category of Improving Performance through Leadership Excellence, and Ko Awatea Project Manager Alexandra Nicholas a finalist for Young Professional of the Year.
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Faced with the complex problems inherent in an ageing population with high socio-economic deprivation, and a prevalence of chronic disease, Counties Manukau Health (CM Health) must constantly try to improve service delivery.
To measure its effectiveness in this, Dr Lyndon and the team meticulously researched and developed 16 SLMs. These measures have been so effective that some of them have been adopted nationally by the Ministry of Health.
The SLMs include such criteria as waiting times for elective surgery, and how quickly patients are enrolled with GP clinics once they are released from hospital.
They have provided CM Health and the Ministry of Health with a focus on quality of care, access, efficiency, and a lens on health equity which has the potential to drive improvement programmes, such as addressing hospital mortality rates and improving access to end of life care.
Dr Lyndon, who is a fluent speaker of Te Reo Maori, is passionate about achieving health equity between Maori and Non-Maori.
He will soon travel to Harvard University in Boston, where he will complete his Masters in Public Health, having been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.
The judges said:
“Mataroria demonstrates leadership, success and commitment in his community and profession. He is an amazing young professional.”
The award gives Dr Lyndon the opportunity to attend a one-week leadership course run by the prestigious Mt Eliza Business School, in Melbourne.
Fellow Young Professional of the Year finalist, Alexandra Nicholas, was recognised for her work project managing the ground breaking Handle the Jandal campaign – a programme mobilising Pacific youth to take charge of their own mental health and wellbeing.
Ko Awatea also co-led the project, Early Learning, with the Ministry of Education.
Early Learning was a finalist in the Improving Public Value through Business Transformation category.
Ko Awatea director Professor Jonathon Gray says he is thrilled with the results.
“Mataroria’s win, our placement as finalists in three categories, and the several other excellent nominations we had in the awards demonstrates our strength as an organisation dedicated to health improvement and the pursuit of excellence.”
The annual Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards recognise and reward outstanding performances and achievements in the New Zealand public sector.
This year’s awards attracted more than 90 entries from a range of organisations across New Zealand.