With the number of people over 65 set to increase significantly, it is important we have strategies in place that will ensure they receive timely health services that help them maintain good health and wellbeing. By introducing better systems and support, we can ensure that services for older people are timely; support them to maintain good health and independence, and are consistently accessible and of high quality across the region.
The Health of Older People Service Level Alliance (HOPSLA) enables South Island DHBs to take a coordinated approach to implementing a model of care that will focus on keeping people well and improving support and processes so that when people do need it, they can receive streamlined, high quality care.
The Health of Older People Service Level Alliance works across our community, including improving services for Maori, and more equitable outcomes for our kaumatua and Pacific and Asian peoples. Prioritisation will also be given to ensuring that equivalent services are delivered to older people living in isolated and rural communities, whilst ensuring financial and workforce sustainability is achieved.
There are five priority areas that HOPSLA is currently working on. However, HOPSLA will also continue to coordinate with other regional activities and alliance groups in the areas of information technology, stroke, cancer and workforce training, to further improve health care of older people.
When caring for stroke survivors, balancing realism with hopeful enthusiasm is important, says Andrew Buxton, who shared his personal experience with health professionals at the South Island Stroke Study Day. “Reality is good, but hope is essential.” Andrew spoke alongside his wife Peta about their journey following his stroke, at the annual event held in […]
News 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 […]
News 28 Oct 2020 As the South Island ACP (Advance Care Plan) facilitator role – supported by the South Island Alliance – comes to an end, I thought it was timely to reflect on the progress we have made with advance care planning. Advance care planning is one of several priorities across the South Island. […]