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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 DHB), 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
Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019
The important contribution clinicians make to New Zealand’s digital health sector is being recognised with a new annual award. The Clinical Informatics Leadership Network has worked in partnership with Health Informatics New Zealand to launch the Clinical Informatics Leadership Award. People can self-nominate or nominate others who have shown innovation and health system improvement through... more
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 Health 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
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