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Monday, 20 Jan 2020
We are looking for a new community representative on the South Island Health of Older People Service Level Alliance (HOPSLA) and we are keen to hear from people who have experience at providing services in the community. This may be as a non-government organisation or part of a DHB service. The position is not as a representative of all community services but rather someone with the experience... more
Sunday, 19 Jan 2020
We are seeking a Māori perspective on our South Island Health of Older People Service Level Alliance (HOPSLA).The position is not as a representative of all South Island Māori, but rather someone with the experience and skills, that can bring their knowledge and expertise to the table for discussion about identifying opportunities and reducing inequities for older people to live as well as they... more
Thursday, 19 Dec 2019
Photo credit: The Champion Centre Following the Government’s announcement of additional funding for child development services (CDS), the South Island has agreed on a regional plan to improve access to specialist services. As part of a regionally coordinated nationwide initiative, the Ministry of Health allocated over $2M to 10 South Island CDS... more
Monday, 16 Dec 2019
Paediatric Ketogenic Dietitian Charlene Tan-Smith (on screen) using Zoom technology (remote conferencing services using cloud computing) to communicate with Stephanie Emery A new strategy to improve and expand telehealth services across the South Island has been agreed by the five South Island DHBs.  “Technology is at a level now where, other than... more
Monday, 09 Dec 2019
South Island Cancer Consumer Group member, Isobel Stout Following a stage three cancer diagnosis in 2014, six months of chemotherapy, five weeks of radiation and a double mastectomy, Isobel Stout felt lost when her treatment was complete. “After such intensive interaction with medical staff for so long, suddenly you’re on your own. So, you think – now what?... more
Thursday, 05 Dec 2019
Hapu Wananga Wananga: (from left) Shaun Wharehoka, Poumanaaki Te Waka Hauora; Kylie Parkins, Portfolio Manager Maori Health WCDHB; Sarah Wills, Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust; Ditre Tamatea, GM Maori Health and Vulnerable Populations NMH; Tracy Sollitt, Te Tai o Poutini Trust; Lydia Mains, Manager Te Piki Oranga Motueka; Tracy Anderson, Waka Whenua; Rachael Peek,... more
Monday, 11 Nov 2019
South Island DHBs have recently reached the quarter million mark for recorded events on electronic incident risk management application, Safety1st. Safety1st supports users to improve processes to prevent harm and errors, improve safety, and manage risk more effectively – from identification through to resolution. Director Quality and Patient Safety, Sue Wood, says Safety1st has proven to be a... more
Thursday, 07 Nov 2019
Zachery Dunn, 4, has drug-resistant epilepsy and his health has been greatly improved through ketogenic dietary therapy. The service has recently been expanded South Island-wide. After beginning ketogenic dietary therapy (KDT) to control Zachary Dunn’s drug-resistant epileptic seizures two years ago, he went from having four hospital admissions and two... more
Thursday, 07 Nov 2019
South Island Alliance’s Elizabeth Lear of the Aged Care Monitoring Service, Barry Simpson, Emergency Planning Coordinator, and Team Leader Matthew Wood. A new online emergency training course for staff at aged residential care facilities aims to improve outcomes for residents during emergencies. The course, Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) for... more
Thursday, 07 Nov 2019
South Island DHB chief executives: David Meates (Canterbury and West Coast), Nigel Trainor (South Canterbury), Peter Bramley (Nelson Marlborough) and Chris Fleming (Southern). Addressing a room of over 100 people from across the South Island health and social sector, Southern DHB Chief Executive and Chair of the South Island Alliance, Chris Fleming,... more
Thursday, 07 Nov 2019
From left: Darryn Williamson, Canterbury DHB Geriatrician Dr Carl Hanger and South Island Alliance Stroke Workstream Facilitator Jane Large. Stroke survivor Darryn Williamson shared his story with health professionals from across the South Island at the annual Stroke Study Day in October. Almost 170 stroke service providers, including general practitioners and... more
Thursday, 07 Nov 2019
South Island Alliance Emergency Planning Coordinator Barry Simpson with the Emergency Response flipchart. A new staff guide for emergency response procedures is being distributed in aged residential care facilities, pharmacies and GP clinics throughout the South Island to assist with consistent regional and local emergency planning. The Emergency Response... more
Monday, 16 Sep 2019
L to R: Trauma Nurse Coordinators Gordon Speed (Southern DHB), Melissa Evans (Canterbury DHB), Rebecca Coats (Southern DHB), Fiona Thomas (Southern DHB), Claire Hitchcock (Nelson Marlborough Health), and Trauma Medical Director Southern DHB Mike Hunter. The South Island Alliance Major Trauma Workstream hosted trauma care specialists from around the... more