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Dr Pip Anderson 426

If we can “fix” Rheumatic fever, chances are we will “fix” a whole lot of things, which will benefit the health and wellbeing of our children.

Posted by Dr Pip Anderson on 17 December 2014 |

Rheumatic fever is an important illness because it can lead to long-term heart damage, affecting both the quality and quantity of a person’s life. We also think of Rheumatic fever as a useful indicator of child wellbeing, as it reflects health knowledge, access to health care, integration across the health system and social issues such as poor housing.

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Becoming a Health Literate Organisation

Posted by Dr Siniva Sinclair on 21 May 2014 |

I have been hearing the term “health literacy” more and more lately. People from across the health sector, and beyond, seem to be growing more aware of the level of skill needed to “obtain, process and understand basic health information in order to make informed and appropriate health decisions”, and the fact that this cannot be taken for granted. In fact, over half of adult New Zealanders are considered to have poor health literacy “below the minimum level required for the demands of everyday life and work in a complex, advanced society”. One colleague, when he heard this, exclaimed “That’s ridiculous. If a car manufacturer produced a vehicle that only half of the population could drive, they’d go out of business straight away!” I found this very insightful, as it instantly recognised the fact that the problem lies not (just) with the people who can’t figure out the health system, but with the system that is so complex that people can’t figure it out.

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Influenza Immunisation of Staff: A Call to Arms

Posted by Dr David Holland, Clinical Director Infection Services on 14 May 2014 |

Winter is quickly approaching now and we can expect influenza to come round as it does every year. What can we do as healthcare workers?

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Maternity Care Experiences Explored

Posted by Margie Apa, Director - Strategic Development on 21 February 2014 |

We released a report on Monday this week on the experiences of 61 of our most vulnerable Maaori and Pacific women including teen mums. We commissioned this report to give us a consumer perspective on how this particular group of women perceive their whole maternity healthcare experience, not just delivery. To put it in context, 47% of our more than 8000 live births a year are to Maaori and Pacific women.

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Leading Cause of Infant Death Preventable

Posted by Adrian Trenholme on 4 December 2013 |

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) is the biggest killer of infants in Counties Manukau every year. And yet we can prevent it.

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First 12 months as a new SPMO

Posted by Laura Simpson on 23 October 2013 |

The SPMO team – Back: Keming Wang, Alan Kuyper, Katie Latimer, Amber van Eyk, Debbie Wilson. Front: Margie Apa, Anna-Maree Harris, Pauline Sanders-Telfer, Laura Simpson

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Introducing the Smokefree Pregnancy Pilot

Posted by Natalee Menzies, Smokefree Pregnancy Specialist on 16 October 2013 |

Kia ora, my name is Natalee Menzies and I whakapapa back to Ngai Te Rangi, England and Scotland on my Dad’s side and Ireland, Portugal, Germany and England on my Mum’s side. I live with my extended whaanau in the South Auckland area where I have lived most of my life. I am a qualified counsellor specialising in children and young people and have Provisional Membership with the New Association of Counsellors.

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Great start to the life of First 2000 Days Strategy

Posted by Margie Apa, Director - Strategic Development on 11 July 2013 |

Last Friday morning (5 July) more than 150 people from our Counties Manukau sectors – maternity, parenting, primary care including localities, infant and child health, and social sectors – gathered at Ko Awatea. The purpose of gathering was to workshop and discuss how we can better join up, integrate and collaborate to improve the care we provide to mums, babies and their families in the first 2000 days of life. First 2000 Days is one of the projects under the Better Health Outcomes for All executable strategy and the “Improve Population Health” part of our Triple Aim. First 2000 Days covers pre-conception, pregnancy, birth and early infant/child health before school.

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Making Progress with Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessments

Posted by Dr Yaw Moh, CVDRA National Health Target Clinical Champion on 17 April 2013 |

What’s all the fuss about ‘cardiovascular disease risk assessment (CVDRA)’? It’s just a number-punching exercise, right? Does it really make a difference for my patients? I know who’s at risk in my practice and I manage all of them really well… or do we? Without a CVDRA score, do we as clinicians really know who’s at risk of a cardiovascular event, and furthermore what appropriate level of timely management to apply?

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Update on Public Health

Posted by Margie Apa, Director – Strategic Development on 26 October 2012 |

I’ve swapped programme sponsor roles with Jonathan Gray and will now be sponsoring the Better Health Outcomes for All programme, one of a suite of six programmes that form Achieving a Balance. Jonathan will be sponsoring the Enabling High Performing People strategy. It reflects a better alignment between the role of my team to develop a 10 year strategy for our CMDHB – with your help of course! – and the need for a medium to long-term focus on population health improvement.

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