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Diabetes epidemic demands more of everyone

Posted by CEO Blog on 17 November 2016 |

According to latest figures, 34,000 people are living with diabetes in Counties Manukau and those are just the people we know about. That’s thousands of people who are coping daily with a complex disease that has a number of contributory factors, for example lack of access to healthy food or poor food choices, lifestyle issues, such as, lack of exercise and inability to afford good health care. In fact you can’t single out one cause – it’s a variety of factors that makes managing diabetes a challenge for patients, families and health professionals. What’s clear is we need a whole new way of thinking about how to manage the current diabetes epidemic – a whole new ‘paradigm’ shift, including providing services closer to patients’ homes. Who better then to lead the way than our primary care colleagues – the main source of care for our diabetic patients and their families. I’m joined by Dr Tim Hou, GP at Mangere Health Centre who describes the important role that GPs play in empowering patients – especially those with diabetes and their whaanau, to take a more active role in their health and well-being.

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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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Geraint Martin

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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