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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.

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01Nov

Waitaha’s rural hospitals reopen

01 Nov, 2022 | Return|

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.  

“We are really pleased that these facilities have reopened and are ready to provide care to people based in our rural communities,” says Becky Hickmott, Executive Director of Nursing, Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury. 

“Our vision for rural health services is that people are able to access a range of support locally that enables them to stay well.  We understand that a whole range of different things can impact a person’s wellbeing and enabling older people from our rural communities to remain near their whānau can play a big role in this, particularly due to the type of care these facilities provide.” 

“Te Whatu Ora Waitaha is committed to investing in rural communities and we will continue work in partnership with them, and our staff who know their communities best, to continue to develop the service model of these facilities based on modern, evidence-based practice.”

The closure of the rural hospitals, including Oxford, was a temporary measure due to the challenges in providing safe staffing during the COVID-19 Omicron outbreak. Oxford Hospital reopened in June.

Rural hospitals operate under the Aged Residential Care contract, offering respite and end of life services. If you have a query about accessing any services provided by one of our rural hospitals, please contact your normal healthcare provider.  

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Work Plan 2021-22

For Rural Health Workstream. Read full CCN work plan.