The South Island Alliance’s Health of Older People’s Group (HOPSLA) have been celebrating success recently, after two SI people won awards relating to their efforts to support the promotion of Advance Care Planning (ACP).
ACP is a process which gives health care providers an opportunity to really understand what is important to their patients regarding their future health care, what matters to them, and what makes life meaningful to them. During 2014, that National ACP Cooperative coordinated the first New Zealand “Conversations That Count Day” (CTC) to promote ACP, with HOPSLA playing a key role in driving the campaign’s coordination, roll out and promotion throughout the South Island.
The success achieved by HOPSLA and ACP Cooperative members in raising awareness of ACP earned the CTC Campaign the Chief Executive’s Award at the Auckland DHB Health Excellence Awards 2014. In the South Island HOPSLA Member Jane Large and Jane Goodwin (CDHB) were recognised for their efforts, with the campaign beating 41 other projects to win the award.
They have also been awarded for the ‘co-design’ approach undertaken by the National Cooperative in developing the CTC Day campaign, with a poster capturing the process winning first prize ahead of hundreds of other entries at the APAC International Health Improvement Conference in Melbourne.
HOPSLA Coordinator, Jane Large, who was recognised in the Chief Executive’s Award says that she and the rest of the HOPSLA team were delighted with the success of the first campaign and the resulting recognition it has received: “We were thrilled with how the first campaign rolled out, the results of which totally exceeded our expectations. The good feedback we have received since then has been really encouraging too, and the recognition of our peers in receiving these awards is very humbling.”
Away from celebrating their victories, the team are already focusing on planning the next CTC Day which will be held on 16th April 2015: “The pressure is on now to see how we can top last year’s performance: watch this space!” says Jane.
For further information about Conversations that Count and Advance Care Planning see:
Photos top right : Jane Goodwin, bottom left: Jane Large.