The South Island Alliance enables the South Island region’s five districts to work collaboratively to develop more innovative and efficient health services than could be achieved independently. By using our combined resources to jointly solve problems, we are better positioned to respond to changes in population, demographics, service demands and technology, that will have a significant impact on the health sector in the coming years.

Together we will be able to achieve better health outcomes for the people of the South Island. Our vision is a sustainable South Island health and disability system – best for people, best for system – to serve the population of the South Island. The Alliance is focused on keeping people well and providing equitable and timely access to safe, effective, high-quality services, as close to people’s homes as possible.

Some of the successes of the Alliance so far have been the development of a South Island wide early intervention eating disorder service; savings of $15 million through regional procurement; a regional workforce hub to support the workforce strategy and development of the health workforce for the South Island, particularly rural health professionals, and a number of integrated information service programmes that will improve regional patient administration.

Major projects that are underway include the regional rollout of information systems that enable electronic prescribing, electronic referrals and a single patient administration system across the South Island. Work is progressing on the Faster Cancer Treatment Plan to ensure patients journey from diagnosis to treatment is as streamlined and quick as possible. These projects sit amongst a huge range of service improvement, training and development and efficiency processes that are all proving that we can provide better health services for our community by working collaboratively.