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Geraint Martin

Pushing an open door

Posted by Geraint Martin on 26 August 2014 |

It’s been over two years since the first campaign (20,000 Days) began, initiated in response to increasing demands on resources across the system. It’s been a remarkable journey and while the 20,000 Days campaign was successful in giving back 23,060 healthy and well days to our community, Beyond 20,000 Days has continued to build on this success, with 16 collaborative teams working across the system to anticipate and prevent acute health problems, respond quickly and effectively in the community and provide timely and safe care to people admitted to hospital.

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What the HEF is it all about?

Posted by Martin Chadwick and Margie Apa on 20 August 2014 |

A few weeks back I published a post about how the Health Excellence Framework (HEF) was starting to pick up pace and how, for three days in September, we will be hosting seven national evaluators who will be visiting CM Health facilities. Today I want to discuss how the HEF contributes to the bigger organisational picture. This is the first in a series of posts where I will chat with our organisation’s leaders about how HEF links to their role and how it contributes to our overall goal: to be the best healthcare system in Australasia by 2015.

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A lot to be thankful for

Posted by Geraint Martin on 19 August 2014 |

When I think about the challenges facing us as a health organisation, two well-known quotes spring to mind. The first from Walt Disney: “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible” and my personal favourite, by the creator of Sherlock Holmes “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”

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We couldn’t have done it without you

Posted by Phillip Balmer, Director Hospital Services on 13 August 2014 |

More for the same is a tough ask. More services and support for our community using the same resources…no mean feat in any sector let alone health.

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Geraint Martin

A patient’s perspective

Posted by Geraint Martin on 11 August 2014 |

The other day I was having coffee with Briar Peat – a Senior Medical Officer at Middlemore Hospital. Briar showed me a letter of thanks she had received from a patient, who had spent eight days recovering from an illness at Middlemore Hospital. In the letter the patient, who we will call Mr X expressed his gratitude for the professional, kind and caring way he was dealt with by a wide range of health professionals.

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There’s no health without mental health

Posted by Dr Peter Watson on 6 August 2014 |

In the 1990s New Zealand witnessed a big shift in mental health services as we moved away from institutionalised care (such as the services provided at Kingseat in rural Franklin, a long-stay psychiatric hospital) to more of a focus on community mental health services. With the closure of Kingseat in 1999, Tiaho Mai – a 52-bed inpatient acute mental health unit – was opened on the Middlemore Hospital grounds.

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Our people off to Melbourne for APAC

Posted by Geraint Martin on 4 August 2014 |

The APAC Forum is Asia Pacific’s premier healthcare conference, designed and delivered by our very own centre for health system innovation and improvement, Ko Awatea.

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Its nickname is HEF and it’s picking up pace

Posted by Martin Chadwick on 30 July 2014 |

As you know, we’ve mapped out a journey to be the best healthcare system in Australasia by 2015. This vision is what some management gurus might refer to as ‘a big hairy audacious goal’, and it certainly is a bold and very important goal for the entire organisation.

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Recognising our ‘everyday heroes’

Posted by Geraint Martin on 28 July 2014 |

Heroes come in many shapes and sizes and while there are various traits that help to make up a hero, such as courage and bravery, the one thing I have found is that most of our heroes are reluctant to seek out attention. For that reason I’d like to share an email that came across my desk the other day, about a group of Theatre staff, who despite having a particularly horrific shift, went the extra mile and performed at the top of their game.

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Improving the outpatient experience

Posted by Gill Cossey and Dr Wilbur Farmilo on 23 July 2014 |

Outpatients and Elective Optimisation is one of the key work streams for Project SWIFT and one that we are excited to lead. In this post we talk about some of the work we’re doing and how SWIFT can help support the improvements that need to be made.

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