Whakakotahi 2019 shortlist announced

10 Dec 2018 | Primary Care

The shortlist of projects for the third round of Whakakotahi, the Commission’s initiative to develop quality improvement capability in primary care, has been announced.

Primary care providers were recently invited to apply for Whakakotahi 2019. Of the 23 applications received, 15 have been shortlisted to go through to the next stage.

Dr John Wellingham, chair of the Commission’s primary care expert advisory group, says it’s encouraging to see the range of primary care providers interested in being part of Whakakotahi 2019.

‘This year we had even more Māori health organisations and pharmacies applying, along with general practice, primary health organisations (PHOs) and non-government organisations (NGOs). I am pleased there is such a strong interest in primary care quality improvement.’

Applications for Whakakotahi must support the Commission’s three primary care strategic priority areas of equity, consumer engagement and integration.

Dr Wellingham says this round will see an increased focus on equity.

‘The primary care programme team is working with Te Tihi, who are supporting our engagement with Māori health organisations and providing advice on achieving equity in the primary care sector.

‘We’re also working with PHARMAC to introduce a specific focus on addressing inequities in access to medicines. Three of the final improvement projects will have this focus.

‘We thank all teams for taking the time and effort to apply. We’re now working with the shortlisted teams to refine their proposals.’

The revised proposals will be reviewed by a selection panel in December. The panel will select a maximum of 12 projects to go through to the improvement phase, which will start in the new year.

The 15 shortlisted Whakakotahi 2019 projects are:


Project name or brief description


Arthritis New Zealand

Improved outcomes for people with gout.

Hutt Valley

Christchurch PHO Ltd

Access and assistance with medicines.


Green Cross Health Primary Ltd T/A The Doctors Kerikeri

Te Tii Whānau Kaiawhina (Te Tii Whanau support person).


Hora Te Pai Health Services

Integrated community pharmacist working as an in-practice clinical pharmacist within Te Horo Pai.

Kāpiti Coast

Moorhouse Medical Centre

Tackling the obesity epidemic within the general practice setting.


Mount Eden Pharmacy

Improving discharge medicines processes / ease of access for Counties Manukau patients (under 13 years) post-surgery in the private hospital system.


South City Health

Improve eczema awareness, management and support to patients and whānau.


South Kaipara Medical Centre Trust

Community-focused programme for weight loss, targeting those with BMI >30, or 27 with diabetes.


Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust

He Mate Huka Oranga (improving health outcomes for patients with diabetes).


Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Trust & Incorporated Society

Whakawhanaungatanga (developing a collaborate, multi-disciplinary approach to patients within the kaupapa Māori context around eczema and cellulitis).


Te Whānau ā Apanui Community Health Centre, Bay of Plenty DHB

Building a sustainable quality improvement model for general practice transformation at the Te Whānau ā Apanui Community Health Centre. 


Tongan Health Society

Pacific living with diabetes service.


Total Healthcare PHO

Developing a consumer centred approach to improving diabetic control for patients in the Bairds Road Practice in Otara.

Otara, Auckland

Unichem Miramar Pharmacy

New model – mobile medicines management services.


Victory Square Pharmacy

Community pharmacist-led model to improve the physical health of people on opioid substitution treatment through increased access to appropriate screening and management.


Last updated 13/12/2018