The Kaikoura Service Level Alliance (SLA) has celebrated achievements spanning over four years at their final meeting this week.
Having accomplished the key outcomes it was established to achieve, the SLA under the Canterbury Clinical Network has been disestablished following a celebratory dinner on 18 October 2016.
Kaikoura SLA Chair and rural GP Dr Andrea Judd said the Kaikoura SLA started in 2011 to recommend how to best allocate health services funding in Kaikoura, to systematise service provision across the district, and to ensure access and service equity to the population within the funding available.
“The formation of the SLA brought together key stakeholders including local health services providers, Runanga representatives, Canterbury DHB Planning and Funding, Canterbury DHB Rural Services Managers, community and consumer representatives. It provided the opportunity to work together collaboratively to achieve transformation of health services for the people and visitors of Kaikoura,” Dr Judd said.
“We’re really proud of what we’ve been able to achieve with and for the Kaikoura community.”
Arguably the most significant achievements of the Kaikoura SLA was the development of a new model of care for Kaikoura health services.
The new health centre, Kaikoura Health Te Ha O Te Ora which was completed in April this year, complemented the model of care’s proposals for more integrated and technology-enabled care.
“The Kaikoura community can be proud of their new health facility and the model of care behind it. It meets the needs of our unique community and will support sustainability of our health services into the future,” Andrea said.
There’s a long list of other notable achievements, including the establishment of an emergency response vehicle for the community, a fit-for-purpose community vehicle for patient transport, obtaining a locally-based home health community nurse, the development of a Māori Health Framework, and the reintroduction of youth health clinics.
Regular radiology clinics, a community health expo and establishing video conferencing for telehealth appointments were other achievements to celebrate.
In May this year the Canterbury DHB and Kaikoura Healthcare Limited (General Practice) signed a heads of agreement which provided the platform for the delivery of comprehensive health care services to the Kaikoura community under a single leadership model.
The Kaikoura SLA will now hand over to an establishment team to operationalise the model of care, ensuring the shared vision is delivered with continued joint decision making. A Kaikoura Health Services Community Advisory Group will also be established before the year’s end to ensure continued community input into the delivery of health services in Kaikoura.
A number of workgroups will continue to finalise work in the Kaikoura SLA work plan.