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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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Reestablishment of Oxford Provider Group

02 Nov, 2022 | Return|

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.

During September, representatives from the local general practice, hospital, Aged Care Facility, pharmacy, St John, police, Oxford Community Trust, Access Community Health, Pegasus Health and CCN gathered at the Oxford A&P Hall.

Sue said she appreciated everyone making time to connect during an incredibly busy and stretched time. 

“The group stopped meeting due to COVID-19, but with Te Whatu Ora developing localities across Aotearoa as a fundamental part of the health system’s reform the timing is now right to come together in an integrated way,” says Sue.   

“It’s important to connect, so we know the strengths and weakness of our services in Oxford and how we all fit into the jigsaw for the wellbeing of our community.”

The aim of their recent meeting was to review the Terms of Reference and group membership, to ensure the group has a good cross section of providers across the community. 

“We want to ensure we’re partnering with the right people from the start, including local iwi, Ministry of Social Development, education and local council.”

At the meeting they also discussed re-establishing the Oxford Community Health Advisory Group to sit alongside the provider group to ensure the community is heard and services are people and whānua-centred and adapting to their needs.  

“There has been a strong appetite to reconnect and a strong desire to work together for our community. This commitment will be the key to the success of this group.”

CCN Programme Manager Linda Wensley said the Oxford Provider Group and Community Health Advisory Group were established, following the Oxford and Surrounding Areas Health Service Model of Care work, to enable providers to collectively identify ways to improve access to the services and support needed by their community.    

“It is extremely heartening Oxford providers are committed to collaborating to enhance the wellbeing of their community. Also, to support the re-establishment of the consumer group as a way of hearing from the community about what matters to them,” says Linda.

“We look forward to hearing how this work progresses.” 

The next meeting is at the end of November.

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Useful resources

Work Plan 2021-22

For Rural Health Workstream. Read full CCN work plan.