Ko Awatea has been recognised at a national award ceremony for its Manaaki Hauora – Supporting Wellness campaign.
The campaign was named a finalist in the Deloitte Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ) awards, within the category of Achieving Collective Impact.
Manaaki Hauora has supported over 30,000 people with long-term conditions towards self-management, building on the highly successful 20,000 Days and Beyond 20,000 Days campaigns. Within Manaaki Hauora, 16 collaborative teams used change ideas to improve and transform support for people to manage their own health. Key drivers of change included engagement of patients and their whānau; improving access to services; upskilling health professionals in their knowledge of self-management; providing self-management programmes; upskilling individuals, whānau and peer supporters, and resourcing and co-ordinating services.
As well as reaching more than 30,000 people and their families with chronic conditions, the campaign delivered a reduction in HbA1c for patients with diabetes by approximately 11.2 per cent through the use of the health coaching model; supported over 5000 people in the Manage Better Together: Kia Kaha programme; and achieved an 800 per cent increase in referrals from primary care to the smoking cessation service, Smokefree Buffet.
Ko Awatea delivery manager Diana Dowdle says becoming a finalist is a huge acknowledgement for Manaaki Hauora and the team involved in the campaign.
“We know there is an urgent need for effective self-management approaches. In Counties Manukau alone there are more than 67,000 people living with long term conditions,” Ms Dowdle says.
“Long-term conditions are the leading cause of hospitalisation and account for most preventable deaths and so we’re delighted to be recognised for addressing some of the thorny issues facing healthcare today,” she says.
IPANZ president John Larkindale noted that the winning and nominated projects show that public sector innovation is making a real difference to the lives of New Zealanders.
Counties Manukau Health’s Grow our Own campaign was also a finalist in the category of Excellence in Improving Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Public Sector. The campaign is designed to give Counties Manukau residents healthcare jobs.