Have you thanked your lungs today?

Posted by Fiona Horwood, Clinical Head for Medicine and Respiratory Physician on 17 November 2016 |

Last week was COPD Day.  Another “day” I hear you sigh. But taking a big sigh is a luxury when you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD is an umbrella term that covers those with long-term lung conditions characterised by shortness of breath, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, and chronic asthma. And while it might be an umbrella term, it doesn’t provide any protection from the rain, or otherwise. It’s often an under-diagnosed disease that can also be a silent disease meaning people don’t know they have it until it’s quite advanced. But there are things that can be done to help people breathe better. If you value your lungs, I invite you to read on.

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Return of the gut-less wonder

Posted by CEO Blog on 10 November 2016 |

It’s been nearly two years since I had my bariatric surgery and several people have asked me how I’ve been going?

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Let's walk the talk

Posted by CEO Blog on 10 November 2016 |

I’ve talked about patient safety in previous blogs, and there’s a reason why it features so regularly. Providing the best and safest care for our patients sits at the core of what we do. That’s why we work in health and that’s why we come to work each day to provide the best care and experience possible. Next week (31 October – 4 November) marks patient safety week at CM Health, and while there is a range of activities planned, patient safety should be a priority every day – 24/7.   The theme for this year’s national patient safety week, run by the Health Quality & Safety Commission is ‘Let’s Talk’, however CM Health is taking it a step further by saying ‘Let’s Walk the Talk’, which means doing what we say we will when it comes to safety, quality and experience.   I’m a firm believer that we need to lead by example and I’ve seen this demonstrated in some of our patient safety initiatives within our hospital and out in the community. However patient safety is a moving feast and we need to keep raising the bar when it comes to ensuring our patients receive the best care, every day. I’m joined by David Hughes, Clinical Director for patient safety, who shares his thoughts about the future of patient safety for CM Health.

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Introducing our new frontline anti-bullying resource

Posted by Karen Didovich, HR Manager on 8 November 2016 |

For those who think bullying is a playground tactic at primary school, think again. Sadly, bullying and harassment are workplace issues that not only impact on the people directly affected by the bullying or harassment behaviour, but also those around them (this includes staff and patients). Bullying and harassment has to be taken seriously and are now recognised in the new health and safety legislation that came into effect earlier this year.

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Supporting a social investment approach

Posted by CEO Blog on 28 October 2016 |

This week the Minister for State Services announced a newly established South Auckland Social Investment Board to improve the livelihoods of our most vulnerable children. South Auckland is a young, diverse and growing community, however within that community, are families finding it hard to make ends meet and at risk children, facing abuse and neglect. In response the South Auckland Social Investment Board (SIB), which includes social, health, justice and community agencies will work together to improve outcomes - firstly focusing on 1500 at-risk children and their families living in Mangere.

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Lessons from 46 years in health

Posted by CEO Blog on 20 October 2016 |

Recently I attended the retirement celebration for Kathie Smith, Service Manager for ORL, Ophthalmology and Audiology.  The high esteem with which Kathie is regarded was demonstrated by the large turn-out of people, from all areas of our organisation.

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Love your bones

Posted by Leigh Haldane, Fracture Liaison Service Coordinator at CM Health on 19 October 2016 |

Hi, I’m Leigh Haldane and I’m the Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) Coordinator here at CM Health. FLS is a new service that was set up to identify, investigate and arrange interventions for patients with osteoporosis. We’ve been in operation since February this year and we already have more than 550 patients on our database. That’s 550 people who are now ‘loving their bones’ more than they would have without our intervention. When you consider that worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture, it makes loving your bones something we should all be doing.  Seeing as it was World Osteoporosis Day yesterday, I want to use this blog post to tell you about our service, introduce you to one of our patients, and impart some advice for better bone health.

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A very modern problem

Posted by CEO Blog on 6 October 2016 |

Most of us go to great lengths to keep our homes safe and secure.  For some this may mean a locked front gate, an alarm, security lights, or maybe even cameras to monitor your property remotely.  For your valuables the level of protection may be increased by keeping them locked away in a safe. The success of you protecting your home is dependent on all layers of protection being in place, and working. If you have an alarm – make sure it is on, and don’t leave the front door open!

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Giving the elderly a voice, when they can’t speak for themselves

Posted by Mark Fisher on 3 October 2016 |

One of the things we all have in common is that we are all going to grow old.  If we are lucky we will remain physically and mentally well, which means being able to make our own decisions and have control over our lives.  However, have you considered what happens if you can no longer make decisions on your behalf due to dementia or some other illness?

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Great care everywhere - APAC Forum 2016

Posted by CEO Blog on 20 September 2016 |

This time last week, some 1500 health and care change-makers travelled from over 30 countries to ‘explore new frontiers’ and ‘design a blueprint for a healthy future’ at this year’s APAC Forum in Sydney, Australia.

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