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Mana Kidz programme helps reduce Rheumatic Fever rates

Posted by Communications Team on 15 August 2016 |

TVNZ | The housing crisis is being blamed for a sudden rise of rheumatic fever cases in the Auckland region after years of decreasing rates.

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Rheumatic fever rates tumble

Posted by Communication Team on 3 September 2015 |

Stuff.co.nz - Extensive school-based swabbing is believed to be behind the fall in rheumatic fever rates.

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Pushing the accelerator on integrated care

Posted by Benedict and Geraint on 18 May 2015 |

We are entering a new era in healthcare – one where we re-orientate our health system around primary and community care. With a growing and ageing population and a rise in chronic and long-term conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, we have a challenge on our hands to integrate services and systems across the health spectrum and empower our healthcare users to keep themselves well and at home – away from unnecessary trips to hospital.

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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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Understanding the Patient and Whaanau Experience

Posted by Geraint Martin on 5 February 2014 |

Recently I had the huge privilege of speaking to our team of Kidz First public health nurses. It was a great opportunity to meet some new faces and hear firsthand about the fantastic work they are doing behind the scenes, particularly with the Mana Kidz Rheumatic Fever programme. We also talked about the barriers that prevent us from providing the best possible patient care. We shared stories, which I’m sure you’ll all relate to, about the frustrations the nurses face when trying to do the right thing for patients in a system that seems to make this difficult rather than straight forward. In doing so, I was reminded of a story of my own which involved my family’s nanny about 17 years ago. I’ve shared it through my blog before but I want to revisit it today because it really is one of the defining moments of my career to date.

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The Minister in Cyberspace

Posted by Geraint Martin on 2 September 2013 |

Recently we were thrilled to welcome the Minister of Health, the Honourable Tony Ryall, to Middlemore Hospital and Ko Awatea. The Minister came to South Auckland to launch a Rheumatic Fever project but was also keen to pop in and hear about some of the amazing work that’s been happening at CM Health over the past year.

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A Picture Tells 1000 Words

Posted by Geraint Martin on 3 September 2012 |

Lately I’ve been talking a lot about the importance of taking pressure off Middlemore Hospital and developing localities to deliver more healthcare services in the community. I’ve also ‘introduced’ you to the local family who all live in the only habitable room of their state house, and the students of Rongomai School who greatly inspired me during the launch of the Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme.

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Envisaging the Future

Posted by Geraint Martin on 6 August 2012 |

Today is a cold, windy August day and I’m sitting here with a filthy cold (sorry, flu – I’m a man!) contemplating my very hectic schedule. At times like this, it’s more important than ever to remind ourselves of why we’re here and why what we are doing is so important.

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Innovation

Posted by Geraint Martin on 14 October 2011 |

Many of you will know about the proposal for the three Auckland DHBs and Canterbury DHB to establish a national innovation hub thanks to funding from the Ministry of Economic Development. In Counties Manukau, it will enable us to do three things:

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Ko Awatea in Action – Eradicating Rheumatic Fever

Posted by Geraint Martin on 10 October 2011 |

It’s almost four months since we gathered at dawn to celebrate the opening of Ko Awatea. Since the centre opened in late June, it has taken 2124 bookings generating 35,143 individual visits. Clearly those visitors have been thirsty – the staff at Wishbone Café have served up 20,090 cups of tea and coffee in that time!

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