Positive developments in action

30 October 2017

I want to take the opportunity to update you on developments this and last week.


Actions from staff feedback


The Joint Union Consultative Committee met last Thursday and looked at areas unions and Hauora Tairāwhiti can work on together.

These include actions related to the six themes identified from feedback in the staff engagement survey feedback from all DHBs. These actions will be outlined in next week’s WAKA Weekly.

This work is timely as the topic is on the National Bi-Partite Action Group agenda this week, so I will be able to report Hauora Tairāwhiti’s progress.

A discussion about consultation is on the agenda – relevant to our re-vitalisation of the Staff Engagement Survey Working Group. No use asking, if you are not going to do anything.


Hospital Out of Hours concept


The Board meets on Tuesday and they will be considering the Hospital Out of Hours concept, as outlined by Sonia Gamblen in the story below.

The Board has taken particular interest in the effect of the increased workload felt across the health sector in Tairāwhiti, which peaked this year. They are looking to the working group reports and a paper presented at the Hospital Advisory Committee on workforce development, to define a way forward.

This is in the context of waiting for direction from the new Government for health. This should become clearer after the 100 day plan is presented tomorrow.




At the Hauora Tairāwhiti/Primary Health Organisation (PHO) alliance meeting this week we will be looking at how self-management can be fostered for people, as a way of better using health resources. This is especially relevant in the present pressured environment - and going forward with the ageing population. It looks like the CEO Lecture series presentation from “ePatient Dave” (see also below) will be particularly relevant. I hope to see plenty of people there as we join our colleagues at Waitemata DHB by video.


Midland Stroke Network.


On Friday and also by video, I am joining my regional CE colleagues for our regular monthly meeting. On the agenda is a topic I am particularly interested in, a report from the regional clinical lead for the Midland Stroke Network.

I think we do very well in managing stroke here in Tairāwhiti, as we have a comparatively high rate of thrombolysis, individualised planning for each person admitted with stroke and the new follow-up clinic. These things enhance care to reduce the chance of disability and secondary stroke.

So what next? The network has a plan and that includes embolectomy, but how can we make that work for our community?



He nui te mahi. Kia pai te wiki mo te katoa.