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Thursday, 18 Jul 2019
The South Island Alliance is working to reduce the number of paper and electronic forms across the region by ensuring information is captured once and used multiple times within Health Connect South. South Island Alliance regional programme manager Debbie Beesley says the project is about making the best use of clinicians’ time by moving from a “paper-based snapshot mindset” to one of “capture... more
Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019
The South Island Alliance and Ministry of Health are working together to develop a single source of truth about who’s who in the South Island health sector – who works where, doing what and with whom. It is called the Regional Service Provider Index (RSPI). The first step is to upgrade the National Provider Index (HPI), which is the national database that uniquely... more
Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019
The South Island Alliance is conducting a survey into the digital management of specialist mental health, addiction and dual diagnosis patient information. Through Health Connect South, the five South Island DHBs have access to the same clinical health information. Having shared access to information such as allergies, x-rays, medications, hospital admissions, and outpatient and community... more
Tuesday, 02 Jul 2019
GPs and other health professionals will focus on improving the quality of care for stroke patients at the annual stroke study day in October. The event is being held in Christchurch and delivered jointly by the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand and the South Island Alliance’s stroke services team. Register for the event here... more
Monday, 01 Jul 2019
Early results of the National Bowel Screening Programme in the South Island indicate participation has been higher than the national average, particularly among Māori communities. The programme is live in Southern DHB and Nelson Marlborough DHB, with roll-out planned across the rest of the South Island in 2020 and 2021. Since the programme was implemented in Southern DHB over a year ago,... more
Thursday, 27 Jun 2019
Dr Sue Crengle, Chair of Te Waipounamu Māori Leadership Group for Cancer Guest editorial Dr Sue Crengle, Southland GP, Associate Professor at University of Otago, and Chair of Te Waipounamu Māori Leadership Group for Cancer. In examining how health services are struggling to change in order to meet the needs of Māori, Dr Crengle says its essential Māori... more
Tuesday, 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... more
Tuesday, 04 Jun 2019
Hannah Luke and baby Odin When Hannah Luke was having difficulty breastfeeding her eight-day-old baby Odin, travelling from her home in Hawera to the city for support services wasn’t an option. So the team at PlunketLine organised an online session for her with its new service – free one-on-one, personalised support via video conferencing (VC) from Plunket... more
Tuesday, 04 Jun 2019
A South Island Well Child Tamariki Ora workshop was held in Christchurch on 29 May, where health professionals gathered to talk about quality improvement ideas for the national WCTO programme. Consumers were also given a chance to provide feedback about their experiences of the service. Making Aotearoa New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child is a... more
Monday, 20 May 2019
Breastfeeding Health Promoter at Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy Service Kelly Dorgan (far right) awarding the University of Canterbury (Tim and Gemma, HR) with Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace certification.  Increased awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding means more women are choosing to continue to breastfeed after returning to work. This can present... more
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