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Strategic priority areas for 2018-2019

Programmes of work


Strategic priority areas for 2018-2019 

Cancer

The Central Region Cancer Network implements the priorities of the National Cancer Programme, to improve overall cancer outcomes. In particular:

  • access to cancer services
  • timeliness of services across the whole cancer pathway
  • the quality of cancer services delivered.

National Cancer Programme

October 2018


For more information, contact:

Jo Anson
Network Manager, Central Cancer Network
Email: Jo.Anson@midcentraldhb.govt.nz

Cardiac

The Cardiac Network aims to enhance the integration of cardiac services by:

  • reducing service inefficiencies and inequalities
  • improving equity of access and quality of services
  • ensuring service sustainability, both clinical and financial
  • providing opportunities for innovation and shared learning
  • influencing policy decisions at a national level for cardiac issues.

This will be achieved by:

  • implementing the NZ Expected Clinical Standards
  • Implementing the National STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) pathway
  • performance indicator reporting.
  • reporting on acute coronary syndrome ANZACS QI
  • implementing the Echocardiography Workforce Action Plan
  • implementing the Cardiac Health Services Plan.

For more information, contact:

Jeanine Corke
Manager, Planning and Improvement
Mobile: 027 703 2962
Email: Jeanine.Corke@tas.health.nz

Diagnostics 

Diagnostics' vision is to provide patient-focused collaborative imaging services that are equitable, high quality, timely, affordable and sustainable.

The key areas of focus are:

  • Implementation of regional radiology information systems (RRIS) clinical governance structure
  • Development of a Radiology Strategy and road map for implementation
  • Development and implementation of a Radiology Workforce Plan
  • Implementation of National Cancer CT and MR (Ministry of Health national waiting time indicators for radiology) protocols
  • Representation, attendance and participation in national and regional group activities.

General areas of focus include:

  • Domicile scanning
  • Implementation of community referred radiology access criteria
  • Development of a positron emission tomography (PET) service business case
  • Sonography recruitment and retention initiatives
  • Implementation of a regional radiology information system.

For more information, contact:

Jeanine Corke
Manager, Planning and Improvement
Mobile: 027 703 2962
Email: Jeanine.Corke@tas.health.nz 

Mental health and addiction

We support the six DHBs of the lower North Island to plan, develop, coordinate and monitor the delivery of services for mental health and addictions.

We work with key leaders and practitioners from DHBs, non-government organisations (NGOs), community groups and tāngata whaiora (people seeking wellness) to: 

  • ensure the sector takes a joined-up approach to increase the effectiveness of their service delivery
  • help achieve better outcomes for those in need of mental health and addiction services
  • improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for people who use mental health and addiction services across the community.

For more information, contact:

Josh Palmer
Planning and Improvement Manager
Phone: 04 381 5156
Mobile: 027 534 8124
Email: Josh.Palmer@tas.health.nz

Regional clinical care arrangements

Regional clinical care arrangements describe how people receive clinical treatment outside of their home DHB. 

They enable people to get the services they need, when those services are not available at the patient’s local hospital. 

The region aims to have well defined and delivered, regional clinical care arrangements that provide: 

  • equal access to specialist services
  • care closer to home, when that is best for the patient and their whānau
  • sustainable specialist services
  • support for our workforce in vulnerable clinical services.

For more information, contact:

Kendra Sanders
Planning and Improvement Manager
Mobile: 027 480 7928
Email: Kendra.Sanders@tas.health.nz


Programmes of work

Healthy ageing

TAS works with sector groups to:

  • help reach their goal of having a coordinated health service
  • put in place planning and delivery that will lead to ongoing improvements in the sustainability, quality and accessibility of health services for older people.

We do this by: 

  • using the right tools, processes and education
  • bringing health sector people and organisations together, and encouraging them to place patients at the centre of their work to achieve the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes.

For more information, contact:

Kendra Sanders
Planning and Improvement Manager
Mobile: 027 480 7928
Email: Kendra.Sanders@tas.health.nz

Central Region Quality and Safety Alliance

The Central Region Quality and Safety Alliance (CRQSA) is the lead clinical group for health quality and patient safety within the region.

It makes recommendations and provides information to the Central Region Service Planning Forum, on behalf of:

  • DHBs in the Central Region
  • quality and safety groups
  • the Health Quality and Safety Commission
  • other regional and local networks.

CRQSA’s goal is to achieve the Regional Services Plan’s quality and safety vision, which is:

  • to provide strong clinical leadership across the continuum of care that enhances the quality of health services, optimises health outcomes and reduces health disparities within the Central Region.

For more information, contact:

Renee de Boer
Collaboration Coordinator
Phone: 04 801 2454
Email: Renee.Deboer@tas.health.nz

Hepatitis C

An integrated Hepatitis C service is now in place throughout the area served by Central Region DHBs.

The aim of the service is to improve the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of people with Hepatitis C.

Pharmac's funding of new drugs to treat Hepatitis C means that more of the provision of these services can be performed by General Practice.

The challenge remains to identify those people who may have contracted Hepatitis C in the past but are unaware of their condition.

For more information, please contact:

Russell Cooke
Service Integration and Development Unit, Capital and Coast District Health Board
Email: Russell.Cooke@sidu.org.nz

Major trauma

The Central Region Trauma Network is responsible for developing a contemporary and efficient system, to enable severely injured people throughout the region to access the specialist care they need.

This work covers pre-hospital emergency services, hospitals (both initial and definitive care), and rehabilitation services.

Current priority areas include:

  • Ensuring patients are taken to the most appropriate hospital to manage their injuries
  • Standardising hospital major trauma guidelines to ensure they reflect international best practice
  • Working to develop efficient inter-hospital transfer arrangements
  • Gathering and entering data to the New Zealand Major Trauma Registry, and using this information to help improve patient care.

For more information, contact:

Russell Cooke
Senior Service Development Manager
Email: Russell.Cooke@ccdhb.org.nz 

Planned care

Central Region DHBs collaborate and share information to improve planned care.

Planned care used to be called 'elective services'.

In 2018-2019, DHBs' regional planned care programme focuses on:

  • regional models of care for vascular services, breast reconstruction and ophthalmology
  • minimising the requirement for surgical intervention, through a stronger focus on community based and primary care initiatives.

TAS partners with the sector to:

  • identify opportunities that will maximise regional resources and capacity
  • deliver improved equity of access and equality of care for patients, through the development of better systems and processes.

For more information, contact:

Stephanie Calder
Project Manager, Planning and Improvement
Phone: 04 802 0510
Mobile: 021 237 5313
Email: Stephanie.Calder@tas.health.nz

Stroke

The regional programme for stroke is supported by the Central Region Stroke Network, which implements evidence-based interventions to reduce the burden of stroke.

This part of their work is based on the Australian Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017.

The regional programme for stroke currently focuses on:

  • the implementation of a regional stroke clot retrieval service to improve equity of access and outcomes
  • working regionally and collaboratively to help DHBs ensure stroke patients have access to organised acute and rehabilitation stroke services
  • continuing to work across primary, community and secondary services to improve linkages to improve primary stroke prevention, and promotion of assessment and diagnostic tools in primary care.

Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Management 2017

October 2018


For more information, contact:

Stephanie Calder
Project Manager, Planning and Improvement
Phone: 04 802 0510
Mobile: 021 237 5313
Email: Stephanie.Calder@tas.health.nz

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) prevention

The Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) regional programme builds on the work of the Ministry of Health and SUDI prevention champions in the health sector, to make ‘every sleep a safe sleep for babies’.

Safe sleep

August 2015

Keep your baby safe during sleep

October 2018


Supporting the Central Region initiative, there is a national SUDI prevention coordination programme. It provides research and resources to help share the messages of SUDI prevention.

Hapai – SUDI prevention coordination service

October 2018


Hapai works with the wider government sector to reduce the significant impact on whānau from SUDI.

  • To support provision of safe sleeping devices for babies who are identified as needing extra safety precautions.
  • To promote and support whānau and communities to be smokefree, to ensure pepi and tamariki are protected from second-hand smoke. 

For more information, contact:

Jessica Sandbrook
Project Manager, Planning and Improvement
Email: Jessica.Sandbrook@tas.health.nz

Well Child Tamariki Ora

The Central Region’s Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) quality improvement programme enhances and supports the national WCTO programme.

Well Child Tamariki Ora

November 2018


The national programme has three high-level aims:

  • improving family/whānau experience
  • improving population health
  • offering best value for the health system resource.

The regional focus is on using quality improvement methodology to develop projects that lead to better outcomes for children.

TAS works alongside providers in the maternity and child health sector to identify, develop, and implement quality improvement goals.

This work is collaborative and finds its strength in people working and learning together.

For more information, contact:

Jessica Sandbrook
Project Manager, Planning and Improvement
Email: Jessica.Sandbrook@tas.health.nz

Last updated: 31/1/19