Hauora o Ngā Kaumātua

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The Health of Older People Workstream (HOPWS) is enabling older people to live well at home and in their community through clinically-led service transformation. The Workstream provides oversight of the Canterbury health system’s strategic direction for older people, with a view towards an integrated system with accessible, organised and coherent services for older people in the community.

Previously the Aged Care Workstream, the HOPWS was established in 2009 as a key leadership and advisory group and aspires to extend independent living for older people. It has been instrumental in establishing several Service Level Alliances and new initiatives to transform services for older adults, including the Medication Management Service (MMS), Community Rehabilitation Enablement Support Team (CREST) and Falls Prevention.

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Inspirational 86 year old on her feet hours after op

Strength and balance classes have earned their weight in gold for 86 year old Shirley Van Grinsven from Wainoni.
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Canine companions spreading joy across Christchurch

Canterbury’s finest four-legged fur-friends are bringing joy to older people with a new type of home visit.
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Kaumātua connecting through kai and kōrero

Kai, kōrero and companionship is proving a winning combination for kaumātua (elders) through the Kahukura Kaumātua Programme, which is helping to bring a community together to connect and talk about hauora (health and wellbeing).
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Work Plan 2020-21/22

For Health of Older People Workstream. Read full CCN work plan.



Demonstrates the structure of the Canterbury Clinical Network.