It was wonderful to see so many AUT, MIT and University of Auckland students attending the launch of the Ko Awatea Student Chapter on Wednesday 8 June.
The Student Chapter – the first of its kind in New Zealand will give students the skills, support and a voice to drive quality health improvement in the work place.
“Sitting in this room could be the leaders of the future and that’s incredibly exciting for the future of health care,” says Geraint Martin, CEO. “We want you to be the best you can and that’s not just about doing your job well it’s about doing your job better. I don’t want to say to you in 30 years time this is your future. I want it to be different and that means investing in the education, training and skills you need to add value to the work you do and improve the quality of care you provide for your patients.”
“I’ve been working in health for many years and have to say you never stop learning, says David Galler, Director Clinical Leadership Ko Awatea. “In fact what I’ve learnt over the years is that we have more to learn from people than we have to teach them. When you are a student everything from the science to the cool technical stuff seems quite fascinating, however when you get out into the work force it can be a challenge to put all of these skills and knowledge into practice. The Ko Awatea Student Chapter can give you the skills that you need to be able to do your jobs well, gain confidence and have fun at the same time”
“Many of you may not know that Don Berwick, the former President and CEO IHI came up with the idea for the IHI Open School about five years ago, after his daughter, (who was training at Med School at the time), asked why her class didn’t get to hear about the health improvement work he was doing at IHI,” says David Grayson, Clinician and Clinical Lead 20,000 Days Campaign. “Don took this on board and the IHI Open School was born. I encourage you to join the Student Chapter and take advantage of the amazing opportunities to network and learn from students not just in New Zealand but around the world.”
“We wholly support this initiative, and are delighted at the opportunities it will provide the students taking part,” says Willem Fourie, Dean of Faculty of Nursing and Health Studies MIT. For the students it provides a wonderful opportunity for them to meet, discuss and learn from people studying and working in a variety of roles. It’s a unique opportunity and it’s up to you to make it the success it can be.”
Our learning doesn’t stop when we go out into the work force and there is still a lot we need to learn,” says Angela Lim, medical student at the University of Auckland. “The Open school will give us the confidence and skills around working as a team, building relationships, leadership and communication. What you get out of it is what you put in.”
Student Chapter Leader Wendy McKinstry thanked everyone for coming, announcing that 4 scholarships to the Asia Pacific Forum in September were up for grabs – thanks to Ko Awatea. For further details contact Wendy on extension 6084.
What does the Ko Awatea Student Chapter have to offer:
Taken from the IHI student model the student chapter offers free access to online courses click here
- interactive Ko Awatea student chapter face book page click here to like us on facebook
- monthly meetings – an interprofessional forum with a focus on quality improvement
- opportunities to get involved in projects that will make a difference to patient care, to attend seminars and be involved in conferences around quality improvement.
Membership is available to healthcare students (both undergraduate and postgraduate), and students are supported by advisors within Counties Manukau DHB and educational partners – AUT, MIT and the University of Auckland.