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Thursday, 16 May 2019
Expression of Interest to join Te Ara Whakapiri Workgroup We are looking for health care professionals and Māori health workers from around the South Island with a passion for providing quality care in the last days of life, to join the South Island Alliance Te Ara Whakapiri Workgroup. This newly established fixed-term (1 year) workgroup aims to support all services providing end-of-life care... more
Thursday, 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... more
Monday, 29 Apr 2019
Lisa Kahu, of the Well Child Tamariki Ora Quality Improvement steering group. Lisa Kahu’s passion for Māori health began in the 90s, as a volunteer for Te Tai O Marokura health and social services in Kaikoura. One of the first in New Zealand to be trained specifically to work alongside a Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) nurse, she has now been working for Te Tai... more
Monday, 29 Apr 2019
Gabe Rijpma, Information Services SLA member and Sr. Director Health and Social Services Asia, Microsoft When young computer scientist Katie Bouman co-wrote the algorithm that made capturing of the black hole image possible, it was one of those defining moments in our collective history proving that together, we can drive new discovery and do amazing things.... more
Thursday, 11 Apr 2019
While New Zealand has a relatively high rate of exclusive breastfeeding initiation, there remains a significant drop-off in breastfeeding nationally in the first six months, particularly among Māori and Pasifika communities. To address this inequity, the South Island WCTO Quality Improvement Steering Group decided to explore Māori and Pasifika women’s experiences of breastfeeding, by interviewing... more
Thursday, 11 Apr 2019
Kelsey Proudman (left) and staff at Bainfield Park Residential Home.  South Island Alliance delirium resources supported a successful World Delirium Awareness Day last month. Nursing graduate Kelsey Proudman was one of the organisers of a range of events and activities that took place across the South Island to increase recognition of delirium as a top... more
Tuesday, 02 Apr 2019
End-of-life care: Julian Clothier and Lois cared for Peter Arnold in their home, guided by his Advance Care Plan (ACP). While an Advance Care Plan (ACP) is a helpful guide for health care teams to know what their patients wants in terms of treatment choices, beliefs, and what’s important to them – it’s also a valuable tool for families. Planning for... more
Monday, 11 Mar 2019
Up to 50 percent of people in aged residential care (ARC) in New Zealand will experience delirium and more than 50 percent of older people will experience it during a hospital stay. Defined as a rapid decline in brain function, delirium can affect anyone. It is not the same as dementia – delirium arises quickly and is usually reversible, whereas dementia develops over months and is mostly... more
Thursday, 28 Feb 2019
From left: Palliative Care Facilitator Jo Hathaway, Dr Kate Grundy, and the new Palliative Care Workstream Chair Dr David Butler. Palliative Care Workstream champion Dr Kate Grundy has stepped down from her role as Chair of the group, which she has expertly steered since it was established in 2014. Fortunately, Kate has agreed to stay on in the group and is... more
Tuesday, 26 Feb 2019
Jo Hathaway with the Abbott and his attendees at the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Nepal. Jo Hathaway’s first encounter with death was at around seven years old, when her nana suffered a cardiac arrest and was resuscitated. This was the same nana who used to chat to her deceased husband while gardening, whom she had lost suddenly at a young age. “Nana told me... more
Thursday, 21 Feb 2019
 Graham Crombie It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of one of our much-respected Alliance colleagues, Graham Crombie. Graham was Chair of our South Island Information Services Alliance (ISSLA) and contributed to various Alliance governance and leadership groups.  Graham brought a great deal of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to his... more
Thursday, 21 Feb 2019
A new campaign Kia kōrero | Let’s talk encourages people to plan for their future health care, with a focus on what matters to them. It features the personal stories of six New Zealanders at different stages of life and wellness. The campaign is part of the advance care planning programme managed by the Health Quality & Safety Commission and supported by district health boards. "An advance... more