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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
Thursday, 21 Feb 2019
Jenni Stephenson and her family, about four weeks after her daughter was born. Keeping the West Coast connected to the rest of the South Island is a valuable part of working with the Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) Quality Improvement team, says Jenni Stephenson, of West Coast DHB Planning and Funding. “Organising services here on the Coast is often... more
Monday, 21 Jan 2019
Mental health and Addiction Workforce Development Facilitator, SIAPO Looking for an interesting role in mental health and addiction workforce development across the South Island? This new role works within the Workforce Hub, South Island Alliance Programme Office which supports the South Island District Health Boards (DHBs) in the alliance framework to support the mental health & addiction... more
Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019
We are looking for a professional to join the South Island Alliance Palliative Care Workstream (PCW) who has a strong understanding of palliative care and desire to drive service improvement, integration and equity. We are specifically interested in someone who can bring a service planning, integration and funding perspective to the Workstream. You may be in a DHB planning and funding, or... more
Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
Global healthcare technology company Orion Health has signed a commercial agreement with all five South Island District Health Boards (DHBs) to enable the delivery of technology to enhance clinical and operational efficiency and support improved patient care. Through the South Island Alliance, the five DHBs (Southern, South Canterbury, Canterbury, West Coast and Nelson-Marlborough) work... more
Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
Dr Matthew Croucher, Clinical Lead for the South Island Dementia Initiative The number of South Islanders living with dementia is rapidly increasing. What was a predicted wave whose leading edge lapped our feet in 2009 is now a wall of water bearing down on us. Most people reading this will have personal experience of someone in their own family circle with a... more
Thursday, 13 Dec 2018
Jayne Duffy and Rachael Smith meet Mark Leggett, general manager of the South Island Alliance. 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... more
Monday, 10 Dec 2018
The South Island Stroke Study Day on 1 November 2018, held at Rolleston Lecture Theatre, Christchurch Hospital. Visiting stroke survivors in their own homes helped acute stroke unit nurse Debbie Allen to look at the person as a whole. “It’s about really seeing the person, not necessarily the patient,” she says. “When people are in hospital, a patient is who we... more
Monday, 12 Nov 2018
Chair of the Well Child Tamariki Ora Quality Improvement steering group, Michael McIlhone.  Throughout Michael McIlhone’s 37 year nursing career, a strong focus on women and children’s health has been a reoccurring theme. After becoming a registered nurse at the Christchurch Hospital School of Nursing in 1981, his first role was in the emergency department,... more