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In service to our community

Posted by Geraint Martin on 30 November 2016 |

Today was the last meeting of our current Counties Manukau District Health Board, which means saying good bye to some great board members who have been guiding our DHB over the past few years. In particular I’d like to acknowledge the great work, support and leadership from Dr Lee Mathias, who has been our Chair for the past three years. It’s a real honour to hand over my blog to Lee to reflect on her time at CM Health.

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Health board launches its new values

Posted by Communications Team on 29 September 2015 |

Stuff.co.nz - Counties Manukau Health has launched its refreshed values and strategic plan with the help of the community. More than 2000 people shared their ideas on how staff can consistently be at their best to formulate the plan called 'Healthy Together'.

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Being at our best for our people, whaanau, families and each other

Posted by Dr Lee Mathias on 14 August 2015 |

Our board chair, Dr Lee Mathias, joins me today to say a few words on behalf of the board, and to thank you, our staff, for the valuable contributions that you make.

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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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Walking in a patient’s shoes

Posted by Geraint Martin on 19 March 2015 |

For anyone who has been on the receiving end of hospital care, it can be a very uncertain and vulnerable time. I’ve been a patient a couple of times in my life, and although my experiences have been largely positive, there is much to learn from being on the other side of care.

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The facts and nothing but the facts

Posted by Geraint Martin on 12 March 2015 |

Most of the time I love my job, but there are moments where I want to bang my head against a brick wall and scream. I’m sure many of you can relate, and because it helps to get things off my chest, I’m sharing my story in my blog.

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Let’s get honest about ourselves ….

Posted by Geraint Martin on 12 February 2015 |

What does a good day at work look like for you? What do we need to do to increase those experiences? What’s a bad day? How do we decrease those experiences? These are the kinds of questions I’ll be asking you over the coming months as part of our values refresh. I like to think about this as coming clean and being honest with ourselves about what makes our system a great place to work and when it isn’t as good, why? It’s also important that we stretch our conversations to include our colleagues who work in primary and community-based organisations – they are part of our patient’s experience of healthcare. So what do values have to do with patient safety and quality of care?

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Everyday heroes – patients taking back control

Posted by Geraint Martin on 28 January 2015 |

Many of you have heard me talk about our growing and ageing population and the pressure this places on an already stretched health system. As we live longer, our rates of chronic and long-term disease, such as diabetes, lung and heart disease increase. In fact there are 67,000 people currently living with long term illness in Counties Manukau – with many dealing with preventable risk factors, such as high blood pressure, obesity and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. The effect this has on a person’s life is immense, with many struggling with everyday tasks, such as walking to the letterbox, going to the shops or mowing the lawn. For some there are months or years off work, continually feeling tired and unwell, and frequent trips to hospital or outpatient appointments. From a health professional’s perspective there are greater demands on resources, rising costs and an underlying feeling we are only just scratching the surface.

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How safe are we?

Posted by Geraint Martin on 28 October 2014 |

“I can tell what kind of care my daughter is going to get within 15 steps of walking on to a ward.”

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