Te Mana Hauora O Te Tairawhiti
28 July 2014
A review into how health services are provided on the East Coast is continuing.
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, Ngati Porou Hauora and Tairawhiti District Health are working together to improve the health of people on the coast and their access to services.
“We know there are opportunities to deliver better health outcomes on the East Coast to work more efficiently,” says Tairawhiti District Health Chief Executive Jim Green.
“We are now at the next stage of the review into East Coast health services. We have considered initial feedback but now need more information. It is important people understand that no decisions have been made. The conversation is ongoing and all three organisations are listening. There will be opportunities for East Coast people to have a look at proposals and provide feedback in August before the proposals go to the three boards for consideration, and then again in October once the three boards have considered the second and final report that is being prepared now.
Feedback from the community in 2013 highlighted that people want to keep community health clinics on the Coast. They are working well. The next stage is to look at the best model for East Coast health services using the existing community clinics.
The need for a central, fit-for-purpose base to support the clinics was also highlighted in the community feedback. This is most likely to be at Te Puia Springs but a feasibility study is required. The study will focus on maternity care, aged care and long term beds. It will also consider seismic issues at Te Puia. A unique aspect of the review is the expert advisory group, including three rural based doctors, who will provide an independent, external view on options presented.
“We need to be thinking about the future and how we can create a fit-for-purpose community health hub that meets the needs of unique East Coast communities.” says Ngati Porou Hauora Chief Executive Rose Kahaki.
While the three boards have agreed that no decisions are being made at this stage in regards to the main centre of health services on the Coast, or about what sort of facility is there, they are committed to obtaining more in-depth information so these decisions can be made this year.
The project plan from consultants Saphere Research Group.
The 2013 initial Review, carried out by Sapere consultants for the three partner Board – Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Ngati Porou Hauora and Tairawhiti District Health, provided a useful overall picture of health needs and current health services on the Coast, however the three Boards agreed there was further and more detailed information required before final decisions could be made.
The Boards decided the best way to do this would be to tender for a second Review that specifically focussed on:
The three Boards agreed to go out to tender in late December. It is important to remember that this second tender is a continuation of the journey that the three Boards and the communities of the East Coast together commenced with the 2013 Sapere review.
A Review Oversight Group was set up – the people on this were:
Five proposals were received, two of these proposers were asked to meet with the Oversight Group to further discuss their proposals. Sapere Consultants were selected as the successful provider.
The focus of the Expert Advisory group will be identifying a model of health care and service delivery on the East Coast, using the existing community health clinics that would best meet the needs of the communities
A group of 3 rurally based GPs (Northland, Opotiki and north of Auckland) and a fourth person whose strength is service and organisational level strategic planning, facilitation and managing strong inclusive stakeholder processes.
They have voiced a long term (3-5 years) commitment to making this work… however all 4 agreed that
Sapere have partnered with KGA Geotechnical Ltd to undertake this piece of work.
They have extensive experience with the type of work required for this project. They have carried out several projects around Taupo which has a similar environment to that in Te Puia (in terms of geo thermal activity). They have a staff member in Tolaga Bay who is very familiar with Te Puia and the issues we would need to take into consideration regarding facility options. Sapere has worked with them before and have forged a strong and successful working relationship.
1. The Expert Advisory Group will be in Tairawhiti on 8 and 9 August as they believe in meeting the community as their first priority - there will be further communications in the next 2-3 weeks about where and when. Meeting management from the three Boards, and senior clinicians from NPH and TDH is their second priority.
2. KGA Geotechnical Ltd. In July (date to be confirmed) the geotechnical engineer, architect and Quantity Surveyor will make a site visit to Te Puia to assess building, site and interview relevant people, and gather relevant information
Yes- the communities are crucial to the final outcomes and will definitely be involved. The first involvement will be meeting the Expert Advisory Group in early August- 8 and 9 August. There will also be community hui in regard to the draft report, and again after the three Boards have considered the final report
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