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Monday, 03 Aug 2020
GPs and other health professionals will focus on improving the quality of care for stroke patients at the annual stroke study day in November. 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
Tuesday, 28 Jul 2020
Dr Carol Atmore Dr Carol Atmore has resigned as chair of SPaIT, after five years in the role. She has been a member of SPaIT since 2012 and has made an enormous contribution to the Alliance, bringing a strong primary care focus to our regional focus. Carol, a practising GP, has recently taken up a role as Head of Department, in the Department of General... more
Friday, 24 Jul 2020
Queenstown District Councillor John McDonald, Chair of the South Island Cancer Consumer Group and Southern Mental Health and Addictions Network. John MacDonald spent most of his career as a self-described serial entrepreneur. From skiing and adventure tourism, to marketing, publishing, and motor trade in Queenstown, it was a cancer diagnosis that led to a... more
Friday, 24 Jul 2020
Motueka Pūkenga Kaiwhakahaere Nurse Manager Lydia Mains. After recognising a gap for mothers-to-be who needed extra support beyond the Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) programme, Motueka Pūkenga Kaiwhakahaere Nurse Manager Lydia Mains created the Tūhono Service. The kaupapa Māori programme, for young Māori parents in Waikawa and Motueka needing intensive and... more
Thursday, 09 Jul 2020
We are looking for two new members to join the South Island Alliance Palliative Care Workstream (PCW) who have strong understandings of palliative care and a desire to shape the development and delivery of services across the South Island (SI).  We are specifically interested in recruiting doctors, nurses, allied health, planning and funding professionals, with experience in at least one of... more
Wednesday, 01 Jul 2020
      On 1 July, SCN officially became a regional hub of Te Aho o Te Kahu, the new Cancer Control Agency established in December 2019 to unite and lead cancer control efforts in New Zealand. The move will ensure a continued regional presence to help deliver more equitable cancer care across the country, while building on current connections and expanding engagement... more
Wednesday, 27 May 2020
The Regional Outcomes and Equity Report 2018/19 is now available. It brings together a range of data from various sources to measure performance against our South Island Alliance Outcomes Framework and priority focus areas (2018–21). The intention of the report is to establish a baseline dataset for regular reporting and update at regional level across a wide range of health specialties. It is... more
Monday, 25 May 2020
Two year fixed-term 1.0 fte role Flexibility to work anywhere in the South Island The South Island Alliance is looking for a regional telehealth programme facilitator to join the team, to develop and implement a regional telehealth workplan. This is a new and exciting role to expand and enhance Telehealth services across the South Island health system.  The role will have a strong... more
Monday, 25 May 2020
Jo Hathaway, Regional Facilitator and Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialist. As I start to return to my usual role, I wanted to take some time to reflect on the last couple of weeks and acknowledge and thank the vast number of people in Canterbury DHB who have poured countless hours in to supporting the patients, families and staff of Rosewood Rest Home... more
Monday, 25 May 2020
Congratulations to the recently announced eHealth IT All Stars, not least to our own all-round superstars Ryan Papps and Aleisha Whitehead. As part of the COVID-19 response, Ryan, a programme specialist with the South Island Alliance Programme Office (SIAPO), developed a daily ICU dashboard for South Island DHBs and infographic summary of the national COVID-19 picture. The dashboard is... more
Monday, 25 May 2020
Organising meetings for more than 80 Alliance work groups across the South Island is no small feat. Over the course of a year, that’s hundreds of meetings for over 1000 people – consumers, clinicians, health professionals and leaders across the South Island health and social system. Alliance meetings are held virtually and face-to face, using a variety of digital solutions to accommodate our... more
Saturday, 23 May 2020
Dr Peter McIlroy, lead paediatrician at Nelson Hospital. The rapid growth of telehealth in response to COVID-19 has given clinicians across the South Island increased confidence to continue offering online care as part of their toolkit. Dr Peter McIlroy, lead paediatrician at Nelson Hospital, says a swift expansion of equipment enabled a range of clinical... more
Saturday, 23 May 2020
The South Island Alliance hosted the South Island Board induction day in Christchurch, on 13 March. Hon Dr David Clark, Minister of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Director-General of Health, and John Whaanga, Deputy Director-General Māori Health, met with new and existing South Island DHB members. Following district health board (DHB) elections last year, the... more
Saturday, 23 May 2020
Michael McIlhone, has chaired the WCTO QI group for the last three years. Following over three years chairing the Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) Quality Improvement (QI) steering group, Michael McIlhone is officially stepping down from the role. “It’s been a real privilege and thoroughly enjoyable,” he says. “I take pride in the collective and meaningful work... more
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Laura Anderson, Medical Laboratory Technician at MedLab South, Nelson. Electronic ordering of lab tests has been available around the country for some time now, but the uptake from GPs has been relatively low in some regions. With COVID-19 forcing the country into lockdown, and for many GPs - taking them online, e-ordering lab tests to support virtual consults... more