Allied Health News letter : Dec 2018

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Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Appointed
2019 Meeting Dates
World Leaders Commit to Primary Health Care
Choosing Wisely
Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction
Primary Health Alliance


Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Appointed

The Ministry of Health has announced the appointment of Martin Chadwick to the new role of Chief Allied Health Professions Officer.  He will take up his Ministry role at the beginning of February 2019.
Martin joins the Ministry from the Bay of Plenty DHB where he has held the post of Executive of Director Allied Health, Scientific and Technical for the last two years. Previously he held a similar role at Counties Manukau DHB for six years. He has over 25 years of health experience in a range of roles in both the USA and New Zealand and has filled a variety of clinical, managerial and strategic leadership roles. He is the current chair of the National Directors of Allied Health Group.

2019 Meeting Dates

We are very pleased to advise that the meeting dates and times have been set for 2019.  All members meetings will be held at PSA House, 11 Aurora Terrace, Wellington.  Meetings will commence at 1.15 pm.  Members meetings will be preceded by the Executive Committee meetings.
Our first meeting of the year is the Annual General Meeting.  We encourage members to consider nominating – details of nominations will be sent to members in January.

20th March AGM and Members Meeting
At the conclusion of the meeting, 3.15 pm – AHANZ members have been invited to join Hon. Michael Woodhouse at Parliament House to meet and get to know the National Party Health Caucus and discuss with them your issues and concerns.
29th May  Exec Committee (am) and Members Meeting (pm)
Heather Simpson, Chair of the Health and Disability Review will attend
21st August  Exec Committee (am) and Members Meeting (pm)
Guest Speakers to be confirmed.
20th November  Exec Committee (am) and Members Meeting (pm)
Guest Speakers to be confirmed.

World Leaders Commit to Primary Health Care

At the Global Conference on Primary Health Care Astana, Kazakhstan, 25 and 26 October 2018, Countries around the world agreed to the Declaration of Astana, vowing to strengthen their primary health care systems as an essential step toward achieving universal health coverage. The Declaration of Astana reaffirms the 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata, the first-time world leaders committed to primary health care.

Choosing Wisely

The Choosing Wisely forum Continuing the Conversation will be held at Te Wharewaka in Wellington on Friday 10 May, 2019.
Choosing Wisely facilitator Sue Ineson says the forum provides an opportunity for health professionals to learn more about how to develop and extend their Choosing Wisely work, and to hear from consumers.
Choosing Wisely supports reducing unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures in health care. The campaign is gaining momentum in New Zealand. It is in place in 15 district health boards, and is supported by a number of primary health organisations and general practices. Thirty-one medical colleges, specialty societies and health practitioners’ associations are now linked to the campaign. More than 154 lists of tests, treatments and procedures that should be questioned have been developed, along with 45 patient resources.

Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction

The Chair of the Inquiry, Ron Paterson has released his report on He Ara Oranga - Mental Health and Addiction.
The inquiry was almost a year in the making. The Report reviews New Zealand's approach to mental health and addiction.   There are 40 recommendations which, if put into practice, could see significant change and improvement to the country's mental health systems.

Primary Health Alliance

Allied Health Aotearoa is a member of the Primary Health Alliance.  Jennifer Pelvin and Naaznin Karim attended the final meeting of the year was held in Tauranga.  These meetings provide a significant opportunity to build relationships with key players in the Primary Health sector. At this meeting, there were many presentations from organisations working in primary care.
St John’s: We learned that total number of 111 calls in NZ is now 500K per annum and St John’s explained the changing triage pathways away from Emergency Departments to more appropriate primary care support.
Ngati Ranginui Iwi shared their approach to Whanau Ora Services explaining how they work with whānau with anything from housing, parenting, navigating the ‘system’, education, employment, health, income and justice in treating the Whole and not just a part.
Dr Andrew Miller, Manaia Health PHO spoke passionately about changes being made in practice to provide person centred care.
For more information on these presentations can be found here.

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Posted: Tuesday 18 December 2018

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