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Speak up

Posted by CEO Blog on 8 December 2015 |

Last week I was fortunate to be invited to Pukekohe Hospital for a coffee and a chat. While I was there, I made a surprise presentation to a lovely lady called Maria Burch. Maria works at Franklin Memorial Hospital and has been a Health and Safety representative for the past five years.   Along with 19 safety reps from across the organisation, Maria was recognised for her contribution to keeping our workplace safe for our patients, visitors and staff. Maria received her award for outstanding health and safety engagement and service.

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Inclusion matters

Posted by Geraint Martin on 3 December 2015 |

Today (3 December) CM Health celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a United Nations sanctioned day that celebrates progress in breaking down barriers, opening doors, and realising an inclusive society for all. I’m joined by Ezekiel Robson, who is passionate about raising awareness, understanding and acceptance of people living with disabilities and their achievements. Ezekiel has been a community appointed representative on CM Health’s DiSAC (Disability Support Advisory Committee) for the past ten years, and recently joined our Patient & Whaanau Centred Care Consumer Council.

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Tribute to Professor Sir John Scott: 26 June 1931- 20 October 2015

Posted by CEO Blog on 25 November 2015 |

Earlier this month, at a Memorial Service, we paid tribute to Professor Sir John Scott, one of the truly great physicians of New Zealand medicine.   While he touched the lives of many Professor Scott excelled as a physician, a teacher, a researcher and a medical leader.

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Waste not, want not

Posted by CEO Blog on 17 November 2015 |

As one of the largest employers in South Auckland, we have a corporate responsibility to care for our environment at the same time as we care for our community. What is really heartening is that by working together in small but meaningful ways, we are making great progress, particularly when it comes to reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

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The conference that laughed - flashback to APAC 2015

Posted by Geraint Martin on 6 November 2015 |

Ko Awatea hosted its first Asia Pacific (APAC) Forum in 2012 with 950 people attending. Three years later the APAC Forum has nearly doubled in size, becoming one of the largest healthcare improvement conferences in the world. That's an amazing accomplishment in such a short time, and a testament to the insatiable appetite people have for improving healthcare for their communities.

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The gut-less wonder

Posted by Geraint Martin on 28 October 2015 |

I’m typical of a lot of people who battle with their weight. For me it’s the yo-yo effect of dieting – you lose weight, you put it on again, you lose it, you put on more, and so the cycle continues. As I get older, it’s getting harder to keep off the weight and by the end of last year I reached 125 kilos. My knees hurt, I felt unwell, and I found it difficult to walk long distances. The reality was something had to change, and it had to be a long-term solution, that was right for me.

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Equity is about fairness – having the same opportunities to the best start in life

Posted by Martin Geraint and Dr Mataroria Lyndon on 22 October 2015 |

Growing up, I wanted to make a difference for people living in South Auckland and Northland – my communities. I have seen Maaori and Pacific children suffering from heart failure, because of rheumatic fever. I have seen my elders pass away from chronic disease, well before their time. That’s why when I heard we had chosen ‘valuing everyone’ as an organisational value, I thought about valuing equity.

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Making mental health a priority

Posted by Geraint Martin on 14 October 2015 |

There needs to be compassion and humanity – professionals need to think about the impact of their words and actions." Mental Health Service user

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Building strong foundations – improving early childhood outcomes

Posted by Geraint Martin on 7 October 2015 |

"Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world" Nelson Mandela

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Excellent is not resting on your laurels

Posted by Geraint Martin on 24 September 2015 |

CM Health launched its refreshed strategy and values this month, and over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing stories from staff who live these values (Kind, Valuing everyone, Together and Excellent) in their day to day jobs.

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