The South Island Alliance was recognised at the Ko Awatea International Excellence in Health Improvement Awards in September, as part of the 2016 APAC Forum in Sydney.
The Alliance was awarded runner-up in the Assuring Quality of Healthcare Standards category, for its ‘best for people, best for system’ approach to improving health outcomes for the people of the South Island.
An Alliance initiative was also shortlisted in the poster awards. The ‘Supporting People to Live Well with Dementia’ initiative, led by Carole Kerr and Rebecca Winsor, was named runner up in the Community Care: Quality, Innovation, Community and Aged Care category.
South Island Alliance General Manager Jan Barber said it was great to see the Alliance recognised on such a big stage. “What we are doing in the South Island is really ground-breaking. The five DHBs are working together and sharing information like never before and we are starting to see some tangible results. These awards recognise that together, we are making a difference to the people of the South Island.”
As part of the entry for the Assuring Quality of Healthcare Standards award, a video was created to represent the South Island Alliance’s ‘best for people, best for system’ approach. Altogether, 247 posters were submitted for the awards and there were 18 finalists in six categories: technology, leadership, efficiency, equity, community care and lessons and innovations from different industries.