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The overarching purpose of the Population Health & Access Service Level Alliance is to monitor population level health (outcomes) and to provide advice and recommendations (to the system through ALT) on innovative and integrative ways of providing care and ways to enable a health promoting health system (to continuously and equitably improve those outcomes).

The Population Health and Access Service Level Alliance was established in December 2017 to elevate the population health work in Canterbury to extend beyond the focus of PHO funded health promotion activities, to initiatives and approaches supporting improved health outcomes across the Canterbury health system and across partner agencies. 

Previously a population health work group sat under the Flexible Funding Pool SLA. The SLA’s role was to develop and prioritise population health services that support people to take greater responsibility for their own health and making healthy choices, with a focus on improving access to primary health care for populations with higher health needs.

Through the new Population Health & Access SLA there is an opportunity to develop the Canterbury Health System’s approach to addressing our population's determinants of health, and enabling the vision of a ‘health promoting health system’. 

Latest News

Smokefree support about people and communities beating addiction

09 Apr, 2021 | Return|

Local stop smoking service, Te Hā Waitaha Stop Smoking Canterbury, from this week will be known as Te Hā – Waitaha Smokefree Support.

Te Hā Waitaha is an integrated service delivering quit smoking supports since October 2016. The service is made up of rich relationships with:

  • Community and Public Health (CPH), Canterbury DHB
  • He Waka Tapu
  • Te Puawaitanga Ki Ōtautahi Charitable Trust
  • Purapura Whetu Trust
  • Tangata Atumotu Trust
  • Waitaha Primary Health Public Health Organisation (PHO)
  • Pegasus Primary Health Organisation

Other PHOs, teams at CPH, Homecare Medical/Quitline, Smokefree Canterbury, Canterbury Community Pharmacy, mental health providers and the College of Midwives provide advice and support.

Going through a rebranding is refreshing; stimulates our kaupapa (principles), and uplifts our image, and look, says Smokefree Manager and Programme Lead for Te Hā – Waitaha Smokefree Support Maraea Peawini.

“This rebranding has enabled Te Hā Waitaha to express who and what it is about, differently to before. We are about caring for individuals and their whānau on this journey. We are about our people, about our communities and beating this addiction. Our passion, our drive is raising a smokefree generation together. We are about heart. We are about you!”

New imagery portrays both past and current clients who Quit Coaches have served and some of the team.

“Our quit coaches are teachers, motivators, supporters and cheerleaders, working hard as a team and independently to support people who are on their quit journey.”.

The Te Hā Waitaha smokefree support includes the Smokefree Education and Liaison team who are dedicated to educate, link, coordinate, promote and facilitate referral pathways to the community, Maraea says.

Te Hā Waitaha has grown and continue to perform across every measure of the service from referral numbers to successful quit attempts.

Te Hā Waitaha’s model (of working directly with our partners, quit coaches and education and liaison teams) has resulted in supporting a greater number of and proportion  of Māori and Pasifika clients in Canterbury.

“So welcome to the new ‘us’, welcome to Te Hā – Waitaha Smokefree Support, a team who continues to be dedicated to supporting the whole of Canterbury towards our smokefree future. We got this Canterbury!”

If you want support to be smokefree you can get in touch via the website, www.tehawaitaha.nz or phone 0800 425 700.


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