Every Moment Counts


04 Feb 2020

Left to right: Deirdre Richardson, Facilitator l Mental Health and Addiction Workforce, South Island Alliance; Dale Sheehan, UC; and Dr Susan Bazyk, at the Every Moment Counts workshop held in Christchurch.

Small moments can make big differences in how children feel and function in school. This was a key driver behind a series of mental health workshops held earlier this year.

The five Every Moment Counts workshops held across Aotearoa New Zealand were a collaboration between Otago Polytechnic School of Occupational Therapy, South Island Alliance (DHBS), Auckland University of Technology, Werry Workforce Whāraurau, and the University of Canterbury (UC).

The Nelson workshop was supported by the South Island Alliance Programme Office and Werry Wharaurau Workforce Centre, and had 60 attendees. In Christchurch, 80 participants attended the workshop, which was sponsored and organised by the University of Canterbury’s School of Health Sciences Te Kura Mātai Hauora. Other workshops were held in Dunedin, Hamilton and Auckland.

Designed with a public health focus, the workshops aim to bring child wellbeing practitioners from both the health and education sectors together. By offering evidence-based mental health promotion strategies they will help to build capacity across a range of professionals with vested interest in the mental health and wellbeing of children and youth, such as special and general education teachers, RTLBs, counsellors, psychologists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, teaching support staff, community youth providers, and speech and language therapists.

The Christchurch workshop was delivered to captive audience of 80 health and education professionals.“The workshops are unique as they bring together educators and health professionals, who work in schools, hospitals, clinic and community settings, promoting a collaborative approach,” says Dale Sheehan, local workshop organiser and Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences.

The workshops are delivered by Dr Susan Bazyk, project director of Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Day – a multi-pronged mental health promotion initiative originally funded by the Ohio Department of Education (everymomentcounts.org). Dr Bazyk is currently in New Zealand on a Fulbright Specialist scholarship and is a Professor Emerita of the Occupational Therapy Program at Cleveland State University where she taught for 34 years.

“Every Moment Counts reinforces the message that enjoyable experiences throughout the day promote feelings of emotional wellbeing. Everyone can be a mental health promoter,” says Dr Bazyk.Workshop participants are learning to apply evidence-based mental health promotion strategies and implement activity-based programmes using practical examples for building capacity of the children’s workforce. “These events will also help build local and national inter-professional  networks and lead to further collaboration between health and education sectors,” says Sheehan.

For the organisations involved, the next step is to seek funding to develop and maintain a learning culture across the workshop sites through the establishment of a sustainable, national, community of practitioners. The long-term intention is to facilitate effective translation of knowledge into practice through ongoing peer support, and the co-designing of online resources.



Vacancy Allied Health Scientific And Technical Facilitatorproject Manager

11 Jun 2019

Allied Health Scientific and Technical Facilitator/Project Manager

We are seeking applications from suitably qualified Allied Health scientific and technical professionals for the 0.5 FTE position of Allied Health Scientific and Technical Facilitator/Project Manager. Reporting to the Programme Director of the South Island Regional Workforce Development Hub (South Island WDH), this position presents an exciting opportunity to support the development and implementation of the Allied Health Scientific and Technical (AHS&T) regional workforce plan as determined by the South Island Directors of Allied Health (DAHs).

The current projects include: Allied Health Assistant development; implementation of the Calderdale Framework, Careers Framework project and development of regional clinical/professional leadership for Allied Health, Scientific and Technical professions.

Permanent/Part Time

Closing Date: 24 June 2019

Read more information and apply

Video Case Study New Zealand Instance Of Lippincott Procedures

02 May 2019

Global information company Wolters Kluwer recently visited the South Island to produce this video case study of the New Zealand Instance of Lippincott Procedures, an online, evidence based resource that provides real-time access to step-by-step guides for over 1,700 evidence-based procedures and skills in a variety of specialty settings.

The New Zealand Instance of Lippincott Procedures was implemented in partnership between the South Island Alliance and Midland region. There are now 16 DHBs throughout New Zealand using the resource. From the South Island, Kate Rawlings, Programme Director, South Island Workforce Development Hub; Neil Hellewell, Nurse Educator, Canterbury DHB; and Ella Bonnington, Student Nurse, Ara Institute of Canterbury, are all featured in the video.

Calderdale Framework Founders Visit Christchurch

Jayne Duffy and Rachael Smith meet Mark Leggett, general manager of the South Island Alliance.

13 Dec 2018<

The UK-based founders of a workforce design framework, which has been steadily transforming the way health care is delivered across the South Island since 2015, recently visited Christchurch to share their expertise.

Jayne Duffy and Rachael Smith, of Effective Workforce Solutions UK, developed the Calderdale Framework as physiotherapists out of clinical need over 10 years ago. It is a seven-stage process to develop a competent and flexible health and social care workforce, by reviewing skill mix and roles within a service to ensure quality of care and safety for patients.

The Calderdale Framework has been used extensively across the UK and Queensland for many years. The South Island currently has 25 people trained in leading the use of the framework (Calderdale Framework facilitators) including two Calderdale Framework practitioners (‘train the trainers’). Jayne and Rachael visited Christchurch last month, where they held a seminar for health professionals wanting to learn about the potential of using the Calderdale Framework within their work areas, and also began the training of four new practitioners (two for the South Island and two for Central Region and a new cohort of facilitators.

There are currently 16 Calderdale Framework projects across the five South Island DHBs, with the majority focused on more effective use of the allied health assistant workforce in clinical care through skill delegation.

Allied Health Assistant Greer Crisp carrying out stairs practice with a patient, using the Calderdale Clinical Task Instruction (CTI).

In Nelson Marlborough, one of the projects involves skill sharing between allied health professionals in ED. As part of the project, a multi-disciplinary team screening tool and a clear pathway for allied health referrals has been developed, which has helped to ease pressure on ED admission and bed occupancy rates. “Patients are spending less time waiting in ED thanks to a more streamlined admission process,” says physiotherapist Deirdre Crichton, MAPU (Medical Admissions and Planning Unit) team leader, Nelson.

In the West Coast DHB, utilising the Calderdale Framework has increased opportunities for allied health assistants to upskill and gain knowledge in order to safely and effectively work with patients in their communities. In August last year, qualified allied health assistants from Westport, Greymouth and Hokitika participated in training on specific clinical task instructions (CTIs): when to stop (a ‘first do no harm’ approach as a foundation to all training), mobility aides, mobility practice , and strength and balance exercises. An allied health assistant who went through the training says, “The training has clearly identified the expectations of me as an assistant and has extended my knowledge and skill base to inform better practice.”

Cantabrian patients are now receiving better care and rehabilitation in their own homes from 67 key support workers as part of a CREST (Community Rehabilitation Enablement and Support Team) project. Using Calderdale framework methodology, CREST physiotherapists identified a number of ‘high volume low risk’ tasks which could be safely and effectively delegated to the key support workers and provided the appropriate training for this using specific Clinical Task Instructions. A pre-and post-survey completed showed key support workers gained confidence and competence in completing therapy tasks with patients in their homes. To prevent falls in South Canterbury, the framework methodology is being used in a project aimed at increasing the number of people over the age of 65 years living in the community who are engaged in strength and balance exercises. Physiotherapist-led education is being provided to community key support workers and as with all training on Clinical Task Instructions involves teaching, modelling and checking for competence by observing key support workers ‘in action’ working with patients .

Not only is the Calderdale Framework helping to support our allied health workforce, it’s also improving safety and outcomes for our South Island communities. The word is spreading too – the South Island Workforce Development Hub have been supporting Central Region by helping them to train facilitators and set up implementation processes. The Hub has also confirmed an agreement for our South Island Calderdale Framework practitioners to provide training in Northland DHB early next year. This is to support a community-based project involving Māori health providers.

For more information on the Calderdale Framework, visit the Workforce Development Hub page on the South Island Alliance website

Registered Nurse Prescribing In The South Island

25 Oct 2018

Nurse practitioners are no longer the only nurses who can prescribe medicine. Some registered nurses (RNs) can too – if they have been certified by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. In the South Island, the five South Island Directors of Nursing have agreed to a regional policy and framework to support RN prescribing as part of the collaborative team environment in identified areas of need. Recognising local variances, these documents provide high level guidance for services to plan and implement nurse prescribing practice in their local areas.

We now have 21 qualified RN prescribers in the South Island, with a further 21 on the pathway. Each RN prescriber is based in a collaborative multidisciplinary health care team across 15 speciality areas including rural, primary care, diabetes, oncology, hospice and Whānau Ora.

More information about our regional approach is available on the South Island Alliance website, www.sialliance.health.nz/RNPrescribing, and includes:

  • levels of prescribing authority for nurses
  • South Island RN prescribing pathway
  • how many RN prescribers we have and where they work
  • South Island RN Prescribing Group – its role and membership
  • South Island RN Prescribing Policy
  • South Island RN Prescribing Framework.

For more information, start here.

Using The Calderdale Framework For Workforce Redesign

25 Oct 2018

Using Evidence To Inform Care Means We Care

Kate Rawlings, Workforce Development Hub Programme Director, and Dr Anne Dabrow Woods, Chief Nurse, Health, Learning, Research and Practice, Wolters Kluwer

13 Sep 2018

A nurse for over 34 years and a board-certified nurse practitioner since 1998, Dr Anne Dabrow Woods is still inspired today by what inspired her at the start of her career – the art of nursing.

Dr Woods is Chief Nurse of the Health, Learning, Research and Practice division of Wolters Kluwer[1]. She visited Christchurch from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this month to talk about the importance of using evidence to inform nursing practice.

Caring for people when they are at their most vulnerable is what lies at the heart of nursing, says Dr Woods. “It is our duty to provide patients with the best possible care and to do that we need to use the best available evidence, accessible when and where we need it. It’s a balance between evidence-based research, clinical expertise and patient preference. When we get the balance right, we get the best outcomes for our patients.”

Using real-life examples and staying firmly focused on the patient, Dr Woods talked about the importance of being able to access the right information at the right time. “We have to admit that we can’t possibly know it all. We need to look things up, but time is always an issue. We need access to information at the point of care, when we may only have 30 seconds to a few minutes to get what we need. We also need information for reference when we might have 20 minutes to spare between taking care of our patients, and we need information for learning when we have bigger chunks of time to focus on professional development.”

Dr Woods still practises on the weekends as an acute care nurse practitioner at Penn Medicine, Chester County Hospital – as well as speaking globally on a variety of clinical topics. Hosted here by the South Island Workforce Development Hub, she presented to nurses and other health care providers from across the South Island.

Many attendees were already familiar with Lippincott Procedures, a point of care resource that provides access to over 1,700 evidence-based procedures and skills in a variety of specialty settings. The New Zealand Instance of Lippincott Procedures is now used in 14 of our 20 district health boards (DHBs), including all five South Island DHBs. There is also a large number of smaller organisations using Lippincott, including aged residential care facilities, general practices, non-government organisations, hospices and tertiary institutions.

In conjunction with Dr Woods’ visit, representatives from Wolters Kluwer were here to produce a video case study about the New Zealand Instance of Lippincott, which will be made available as soon as it is released.

More information about the New Zealand Instance of Lippincott Procedures.

[1] Wolters Kluwer is a global information company that produces and publishes Lippincott journals, practice and education books, information and software products, products from the Joanna Briggs institute, Lippincott, Lippincott Solutions, Ovid Technologies, and UpToDate.

Supporting The South Island Rural Workforce

30 Aug 2018

Attendees at the South Island Rural Workforce Workshop in August 2018.

Developing a sustainable, resilient and adaptable rural workforce for the future was the focus at an event in Christchurch this month.

Over 60 participants attended the South Island Rural Workforce Workshop at The Design Lab on 21 August, representing DHBs, education providers, PHOs, general practice, Trust Hospital, NZ College of Midwives, St Johns and Health Workforce New Zealand.

Organised by the South Island Workforce Development Hub, Regional Programme Director Kate Rawlings says the aim of the workshop was to identify issues, vulnerabilities and gaps, showcase current initiatives underway or in development, and discuss opportunities for regional collaboration.

“This is the first time the South Island has had a joined-up discussion about the rural health workforce, so that was exciting – there was a real buzz to the conversations in the room. Going forward, we’ve identified opportunities to work together regionally, as we encourage effective service practices and build sustainability, while keeping in mind the challenges for our health professionals working and living in rural communities.”

With the support of the South Island Alliance Programme Office, the South Island Workforce Development Hub will now work through establishing the communication mechanisms and collective activities requested and suggested by the workshop participants, says Mark Leggett, General Manager of the South Island Alliance. “It was gratifying to see new connections being made throughout the day. People who work within the same ‘whole of system’ framework, but had never met before, came together to tease out the issues and priorities facing the rural sector.

“The overall outcome of the day was that this was very much a first step in a longer path, but certainly one that built a firm foundation for next steps.”

Building A Sustainable Allied Health Workforce

05 Apr 2018

(From left) Hilary Exton, Director of Allied Health; Stella Ward, Executive Director of Allied Health; Vicki  Prout, Team Leader Community Physiotherapist; and Anne Buckley, Allied Health Facilitator and Project Manager for the South Island Alliance’s Workforce Development Hub.

The accreditation of New Zealand’s first Calderdale Framework practitioners is helping to unlock the potential of our allied health workforce and ensure sustainable delivery of patient care.

Hilary Exton, Director of Allied Health, Nelson Marlborough DHB, and Vicki Prout, Team Leader Community Physiotherapist at Canterbury DHB, recently completed their training with the UK-based Calderdale Framework founders. As certified practitioners of the Calderdale Framework (an allied health skill sharing and delegation tool), they have a key role in building the capacity and sustainability of the Allied Health workforce, by training facilitators to lead workforce redesign projects in their own DHBs, says Hilary.

“This is really positive, as it means we can train our own facilitators going forward, so we are not so reliant on the UK founders. This ensures sustainability and we can now start to develop and strengthen our own network of facilitators across the South Island.” Since beginning their practitioner training, Vicki and Hilary have trained one South Island cohort of Calderdale Framework facilitators under supervision. They have also begun training a cohort of facilitators for Central Region. Vicki says it has been a rewarding journey. “Seeing everything come to fruition is really pleasing and it’s great to see all five DHBs involved in the implementation of the framework, so we can make positive change through skill sharing and delegation, in order to meet the demands of health care.”

The Calderdale Framework was developed out of clinical need 10 years ago by Jayne Duffy and Rachael Smith of Effective Workforce Solutions UK, who say they are delighted to have Hilary and Vicki as the first Calderdale Framework practitioners in New Zealand. “As allied health professionals ourselves, we know that our unique skill sets offer an amazing contribution to health care and problem solving abilities. This aligns strongly to The Calderdale Framework, where appreciative enquiry to challenge practice and work in a more patient-focused way, is essential. The Calderdale Framework has the potential to transform allied health services and there are exciting opportunities to work in collaboration with our nursing, medical and social care workforces to make a difference to staff and patients, while improving quality and managing costs.” 

Anne Buckley, Allied Health Facilitator and Project Manager for the South Island Alliance’s Workforce Development Hub, says the credentialing of the practitioners is an exciting moment on the implementation journey. “The practitioners certainly help to lead the implementation of Calderdale Framework from the front and both Hilary and Vicki bring their very considerable knowledge and health sector practice and management to the support of the growing number of facilitators working in clinical roles across the South Island DHBs.”

The South Island Calderdale Framework implementation is part of a broad strategy by the South Island Directors of Allied Health to address future workforce needs by developing a more flexible and competent allied health scientific and technical workforce. It assists in developing the skills and capacity of the unregulated (Kaiāwhina) workforce to allow their appropriate engagement in specific, delegated clinical tasks. It also supports allied health professionals to work to top of scope and inter-professionally, to optimise clinical service provision.

Call For Abstracts Allied Health Scientific And Technical Conference

22 Feb 2018





The 2018 Allied Health Conference will be held at Te Papa Museum in Wellington, 9 – 11 May. This is the premier conference for the Allied Health workforce in New Zealand and the theme is “Live Well, Stay Well, Get Well with Allied Health” – in conjunction with the 2016 New Zealand Health Strategy. 

Abstracts submissions are now open and are invited for oral, poster or speed talk presentations. Abstracts should relate to the conference theme. Visit the conference website http://www.confer.nz/alliedhealth2018  for programme details, abstract submission and speakers.

Key dates:

Friday 16 March 2018 – Deadline for receipt of abstracts

Friday 23 March 2018 – You will be advised on your place within the programme.

Wednesday 28 March 2018 – Early bird registration deadline.

The Allied Health, Scientific and Technical (AHS&T) workforce encompasses over 50 professional groups working across all health and disability services, and employed in both the public and private sectors. The benefit of this conference is the diversity of the healthcare workforce that it captures. It captures many of the traditional “therapy” professions such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy, the scientific grouping such as laboratory scientists and the technical grouping such as medical radiation technologists.

Stella Ward,
 Executive Director of Allied Health Canterbury and West Coast DHB
Sue Waters, Chief Health Professional Office, Auckland DHB