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The Rural Health Workstream is working towards improving health outcomes for the rural Canterbury population by enabling appropriate access to health care services in rural areas.

The Workstream is currently working to achieve equity of outcome across Canterbury by reviewing and planning the organisation and structure of rural health care services in context of the wider Canterbury health system.  This includes defining rural in the Canterbury context, promoting clinically and fiscally sustainable health services in rural areas, encouraging and recommending innovative solutions that support rural health services, and providing recommendations with a rural focus to other CCN Workstreams and Service Level Alliances.

The new Hurunui Hauora Advisory Group (HHAG) was formed late in 2021 to provide leadership for ongoing improvements and monitoring of the region’s access to health services.

18 people from across the district make up the dynamic group, with various perspectives, experiences and connections including farming, shearing, parenting, health providers, lived experience, migrant community, education, child and youth and older people, and people who identify as Māori and Filipino.

The group replaces the Hurunui Health Services Development Group (HHSDG), which was formed in 2015 to provide oversight to health service improvement and sustainability initiatives in the Hurunui region, and will report into the RHWS. 

The Oxford Community Health Advisory Group was formed late in 2020, to work alongside the Oxford Health Provider Alliance to progress changes that will benefit the community, and make local health services more sustainable.

These groups replace the Oxford and Surrounding Areas Health Service Development Group which was formed in 2016 to work with local health service providers and the community to develop a Model of Care for the Oxford and surrounding areas. 

The Model of Care was approved by the CCN Alliance Leadership Team in late 2018 and endorsed by the Canterbury DHB Board in early 2019. Some significant developments included work around making transport more sustainable; having additional support for mental health services; and work to create a locally-based 24/7 observation service.

Latest News
At the national Rural Health Conference in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora are calling for novel and innovative solutions to resolving long-standing issues. The Christchurch Consensus asserts it is time for government to work with rural communities to implement solutions consistent with both the Pae Ora Act and WAI2575 recommendations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
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13 Dec, 2022 |
Getting busy Oxford service providers together is no mean feat, but Oxford Community Health Centre Practice Manager Sue Taaffe is leading the charge to re-establish the Oxford Provider Group.
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02 Nov, 2022 |
The first residents were welcomed back to Ellesmere Hospital on Monday 31 October. Te Whatu Ora Waitaha are working with whānau, general practices and community providers at Darfield and Waikari Hospitals to bring residents back over the following week.  
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01 Nov, 2022 |
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Work Plan 2021-22

For Rural Health Workstream. Read full CCN work plan.