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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
Tuesday, 03 Sep 2019
The establishment of a National Clinical Network for Neurosurgery is one of 13 recommendations released as part of an independent review into the South Island Neurosurgery Service (SINS). The review was commissioned by the South Island Alliance to explore how effectively the recommendations made in the 2010 Report of the South Island Neurosurgery Expert Panel have been implemented and to... more
Monday, 26 Aug 2019
  interRAI Services have launched online training for health professionals who would like to read their clients’ interRAI assessments and anyone who would like to learn more about how interRAI works. interRAI assessments are comprehensive clinical assessments, which focus on a person’s function. It is the primary assessment instrument in aged residential care and home and community services... more
Monday, 26 Aug 2019
Ken Cook, of Southern Cancer Network's South Island Cancer Consumer Group. After a lifetime managing and owning various businesses in the motor trade, Ken Cook did not expect to spend his retirement talking to men about getting their prostates checked – but after surviving prostate cancer 14 years ago, Ken is busier than ever working to raise awareness of... more
Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019
In June, the MoCA Clinic and Institute announced that all users of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test will be required to complete a training and certification program every two years at their own cost from 1 September 2020. Access to the online test resources will also be restricted to people who have completed the training. The MoCA test is widely used throughout New Zealand in... more
Thursday, 08 Aug 2019
Southern Cancer Network seeks new chairperson The Southern Cancer Network (SCN) is seeking expressions of interest for a new chair for its Steering Group. SCN is one of four regional cancer networks funded by the Ministry of Health to improve cancer care in New Zealand. It works collaboratively to reduce the incidence of cancer, and inequities of access, care and outcomes for the South... more
Monday, 29 Jul 2019
From left: Dr Teddy Wu of Canterbury DHB, and West Coast DHB stroke physician Dr Daniel Salazar. The South Island’s new telestroke service has been launched between the West Coast and Christchurch, giving more people faster access to potentially life-saving acute stroke treatment. Using dedicated video-conferencing and CT image technology, the telestroke... more