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Viewing entries posted in 2014

Geraint Martin

Tis the season to “RE”!

Posted by Geraint Martin on 19 December 2014 |

While I am looking forward to spending the holidays with family and friends, I must say I’m mostly looking forward to having time out to myself to rest, refresh and read the growing pile of books I’ve been keen to get to. We should rename this season as the season to “RE”! REfresh, REnew, REinvent, REvise, REflect, RE-energise, REbalance, REassess….. get the picture? However you choose to celebrate and take time out, I hope you enjoy the break. When you come back next year I’ll be asking for your help on a few important pieces of work.

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If we can “fix” Rheumatic fever, chances are we will “fix” a whole lot of things, which will benefit the health and wellbeing of our children.

Posted by Dr Pip Anderson on 17 December 2014 |

Rheumatic fever is an important illness because it can lead to long-term heart damage, affecting both the quality and quantity of a person’s life. We also think of Rheumatic fever as a useful indicator of child wellbeing, as it reflects health knowledge, access to health care, integration across the health system and social issues such as poor housing.

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Geraint Martin

We’re on to a winner with SWIFT

Posted by Geraint Martin on 11 December 2014 |

SWIFTI’ve blogged a fair bit this year about Project SWIFT (System Wide Integration For Transformation), which reflects not only my own excitement about the potential this project offers, but also its importance to Counties Manukau Health as an organisation.

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We put out a call and the people responded, and now we’re building an army

Posted by Dot McKeen, Manager, Middlemore Central on 10 December 2014 |

A month ago we sent out a call to arms: we asked our community to lend a hand by volunteering at Middlemore Hospital. My name was the contact point for enquiries and I can’t believe the response! Since the Connect with Health advertorial was published in the local papers in October we’ve had more than 80 responses. Some have been very touching with one lady mentioning how a volunteer gave such a lasting impression when she was in hospital 13 years ago that she wanted to find a way to give back. We’ve even received a response from a paediatric nursing student from Ulm, Germany.

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Geraint Martin

Richard’s story: Living with diabetes and taking control

Posted by Geraint Martin on 4 December 2014 |

One of the driving forces behind the work we are doing at CM Health is around supporting and empowering people to better manage their long-term conditions at home. Conditions like diabetes where we have approximately 34000 living with diabetes in South Auckland.

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The leading cause of infant death is preventable and it’s up to all of us to spread the word

Posted by Adrian Trenholme, Kidz First on 3 December 2014 |

I’m going to lead off with a simple statement that may shock some of you: Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) is the biggest killer of infants in Counties Manukau every year. And now for the good news, we can prevent it.

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Geraint Martin

We can’t have healthy people on a sick planet – doing our bit for the environment

Posted by Geraint Martin on 27 November 2014 |

I’ve worked in the health system for many years and for a period of time environmental sustainability wasn’t foremost in my mind. What I’ve come to understand, during my time as CEO, is the impact the healthcare sector has on our environment. I’m also more aware that the amount of waste, energy, water, medical gas and even our food system is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. So what is a Greenhouse Gas (GHG)? While not a simple question to answer a greenhouse gas refers to the gasses in the atmosphere that trap heat. While we need a certain amount of greenhouse gases to keep our planet from freezing over, too much can lead to global warming.

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Ditching the ciggies to go shopping, all in aid of a healthy baby

Posted by Natalee Menzies, Maternity Smokefree Advisor on 26 November 2014 |

A year ago we began offering financial incentives for pregnant women and their whaanau to give up smoking. The initial pilot focused on residents of Manurewa and in the 12 months from August 2013 we received referrals for 211 women and 41 whaanau. Phenomenal! The success of the programme saw it widened in October to include pregnant women in Mangere, Otara and Papatoetoe.

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Geraint Martin

Help break the silence of abuse: White Ribbon Day – 25 November

Posted by Geraint Martin on 21 November 2014 |

take a pledgeWhether you are a father, husband, brother, uncle or grandad – we all have women in our lives that we love, and wouldn’t want to see subjected to violence. We all want our children to grow up in a happy, healthy environment and to go on to have happy, healthy relationships.

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Look out for the spoonful of sugar coming your way this week

Posted by Chip Gresham, Clinical Director of Medication Safety on 19 November 2014 |

Hi everyone, Chip Gresham here on behalf of the medication safety service. We’re launching some new initiatives this week and our team will be visiting the wards to discuss what we’ve been planning. We want your feedback and ideas on how we can improve medication safety across the hospital and you can even win an iTunes voucher by identifying a medicated-related risk before an incident happens! See details later.

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