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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
Tuesday, 28 Apr 2020
Dr Lester Settle, chair of the South Island Alliance's Hospital Oral Health Workstream. Measures taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have dramatically changed how emergency dental care is being delivered across the South Island, with dentists and DHBs working collaboratively to provide the essential service. There has been some uncertainty around dental... more
Wednesday, 04 Mar 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
Thursday, 27 Feb 2020
The Alliance Training and South Island Data and Digital Health Strategy Workshop was held on 14 February. As healthcare and information technology constantly evolves, reviewing new ways of working is an integral part of collaborating as an alliance. The Alliance Training and South Island Data and Digital Health Strategy Workshop was held on 14 February in... more
Thursday, 27 Feb 2020
Canterbury DHB paediatric radiologist Kimberley Thomson presents at the annual South Island Child Protection Forum, held in Christchurch in February. Every day, there is an average of around 40 family violence episodes in Canterbury alone – and 61% of those cases involve at least one child under the age of 18, living with the perpetrator or victim. While... more