Nine projects selected for Whakakotahi 2019

The successful projects for 2019 are:

Westbury Pharmacy/Hora Te Pai Health Services (Kāpiti Coast)

The 'hauora pai' project (Māori for 'good health'), is using a multi-disciplinary approach and a locally constructed, patient-led model of care to improve Māori and Pacific patients' long-term gout management and reduce inequity of service provision.

This project is supported by PHARMAC Te Pātaka Whaioranga. Read more about their project on Pharmacy Today.

South City Health (Hamilton)

Improving outcomes and addressing inequity for high-need eczema patients, aged under 18, through development and testing of a free, easily accessible, nurse-led clinic offering eczema education and support.

Read our news item about the project: Nurse-led eczema project delivers major improvement for Hamilton kids and their families.

Taumarunui Community Kokiri Trust (Taumarunui)

Improving outcomes for patients with diabetes through a kaupapa Māori approach.

The project is developing an integrated diabetes pathway through community engagement – particularly with Māori and Pacific communities – and holding diabetes education and support clinics in a community setting.

Read our news item about the project: Whānau Ora approach supporting diabetes self-management.

Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Trust (Hastings)

Preventing cellulitis/infected eczema-related late presentations and/or hospitalisations through the development of a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to responding to high-needs patients within a kaupapa Māori context.

Improved health literacy, Whānau Manaaki and better coordinated support between general practice and the community setting are proposed.

Te Whānau a Apanui Community Health Centre (Te Kaha, Bay of Plenty)

Medicines access in a remote rural community will be the focus of the improvement work to understand and build a sustainable model of community-driven quality improvement practices to address health disparities of its high-need, predominantly Māori population. Patient engagement and community guidance will drive the project with the aim of building a model that can be scaled to other low-resource settings.

The medicines access aspect of this project is supported by PHARMAC Te Pātaka Whaioranga.

Read our news item about the project: Quality improvement project improves medicines access for remote patients.

Tongan Health Society (Onehunga, Auckland)

To reduce the rate of diabetic complications in the Tongan population, clients will be offered an integrated wrap around model of care focused on improving insulin starts for those in need.

This project is supported by PHARMAC Te Pātaka Whaioranga. Read more about their project on NZ Doctor here. 

Read our news item about the project: Quality improvement project delivers wider health benefits for Tongan community.

Local Doctors Otara, Tamaki Health (Otara, South Auckland)

Working closely with patients presenting at the Local Doctors Otara practice who have poor control of their diabetes, a new model of care will tailor services to individuals.

It will include nurse-led clinics, peer coaches and psychology services aimed at improving patients’ diabetes management and improving equity.

Victory Square Pharmacy (Nelson)

Improving the physical health of a number of patients receiving opioid substitution treatment through a community pharmacist-led model.

The project aims to improve quality of life through access to appropriate diagnosis and treatment of the patients’ co-morbidities, enhanced self-awareness and encouraging self-reliance and independence. Read more about their project on Pharmacy Today here.

Read our news item about the project: Project improves addiction clients’ quality of life.

Mount Eden Pharmacy and Mount Eden Corrections Facility (Mount Eden, Auckland)

To improve asthma management for men who will remain in custody for at least four weeks as determined by their allocated court date, optimising their self-management through written personalised action plans, reviewing guidelines and ensuring correct devices and medications.

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Last updated 11/09/2020