X
A A A
GO

Hauora Tuawhenua

  • About
  • Latest News

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.

Latest News
22Nov

Health service enhancements come to fruition

22 Nov, 2018 | Return|

A trial collaboration between the Hurunui’s general practices and St John means local people can access urgent care after-hours from the district’s GP teams.

The new after-hours arrangements, which sees patients charged as registered patients no matter which practice provides the care, is just one proposal that’s been realised following feedback from the community about enhancements to health services for the Hurunui community.

Accessing after-hours care under the new collaboration is easy – if it’s an emergency call 111 and ask for an ambulance. Otherwise, call your general practice team and a nurse will assess your needs, advise you what to do and if necessary, call out the doctor or nurse on call.

Marie Black, Chair of the Hurunui Health Services Development Group said: “We’ve worked together to establish a collaborative arrangement that provides our communities with access to urgent after-hours care and manages the demands on practice staff.

“I want to acknowledge the Canterbury DHB for supporting the enhancements we recommended, and making additional investment to sustain and improve health services for our region. It is great to see the Canterbury Clinical Network community engagement and development process work as anticipated.”

Other proposals in the new model that are now coming to fruition, include the availability of improved access to community-based mental health specialists and telehealth services.

From early next year, residents of the Hurunui and Kaikoura will have improved access to seamless mental health support from two full-time Rural Mental Health Specialists working alongside local general practice teams. These clinicians will complement existing mental health services by focusing on early intervention, clinical assessments and facilitating timely access to specialised mental health services.

Paul Wynands, Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation (RCPHO), said: “A feature of these roles will be to manage patients who might usually be referred to a specialist mental health team, closer to their homes. They will take a holistic approach by offering advice and education to the patient and their family/ whanau ensuring close community connections to sustain wellness in the community.”

RCPHO has also worked to improve broadband speeds and equipment for telehealth (video calling) at all health centres. This is an important step towards avoiding unnecessary travel by supporting people to have appointments with Christchurch-based specialists from locally based health facilities, supported by a health professional.

The Hurunui Health Services Development Group, which includes local community members, health professionals and Canterbury DHB staff continues to progress the implementation of other proposals in the model of care. These include:

  • Trialling an observation service in the Hurunui allowing very unwell people to stay in the Hurunui and be monitored, saving them a trip to Christchurch Hospital and back;
  • Recruiting and placement of skilled doctors and nurses in our area; and
  • Improving local access to pre-natal care.

More information will be made available as enhancements are implemented

About the Author

Related

Hurunui health service enhancements progressing well

Hurunui health service enhancements progressing well

Health services for people in the Hurunui are steadily improving, thanks to the efforts of a locally...

Read More >
Reestablishment of Oxford Provider Group

Reestablishment of Oxford Provider Group

Getting busy Oxford service providers together is no mean feat, but Oxford Community Health Centre P...

Read More >
Find out more about proposals to enhance local health services

Find out more about proposals to enhance local health services

The community is being invited to find out more about a series of proposals designed to enhance exis...

Read More >
Simplifying access to after-hours care in Ashburton

Simplifying access to after-hours care in Ashburton

From 1 June Ashburton residents only need to call one number to access health care after-hours – th...

Read More >
Christchurch Consensus 2022

Christchurch Consensus 2022

At the national Rural Health Conference in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora ...

Read More >
Canterbury rural hospitals update

Canterbury rural hospitals update

Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha Canterbury says continued sustained pressures on the health system have delay...

Read More >
Useful resources

Work Plan 2021-22

For Rural Health Workstream. Read full CCN work plan.