Health Matters WBOP June 2017

Healthy, thriving communities towards 2027 Kia Momoho Te Hāpori Oranga Bay of Plenty Health System Medical Officer of Health Empowering our populations to live healthy lives for as long as possible is our aim. To achieve this we’re focusing on three major risk areas - smoking, nutrition/physical activity and housing. At the same time we’ll continue to support all people across our region to access the right mix of health services to live healthy lives. Wo rkf Vu ln erab o rce le chil d Fa c i l i ties ren and young p Evolve models of excellence across all of our hospital services Get well Develop a smart fully integrated system to provide care close to where people live, learn, work and play Dr Joe Bourne Dr Hugh Lees Clinical Director of Improvement and Innovation Medical Director Improving the way the Bay’s health system provides care for people and their whānau closer to where they live, learn, work and play is our aim. We aim to work more closely with services outside health such as councils, housing and education to work through issues that may have an impact on the ability of our priority groups to manage their health. Stay well Fi le eop Get well Stay well Dr Neil de Wet Pa rtn er Empower our population to live healthy lives Live well S PATIENT AND FAMILY CENTRED CARE – WHĀNAU ORA “To achieve this, we plan to strengthen our focus on RITY POPULATION Live well g tin ac “At the heart of this plan is the patient, families and whānau. Going forward we really need to improve the way our hospital services and health services provided in the community work together. Our aim is for people to get well, stay well and live well. A health profile of Bay of Plenty DHB communities has identified priority groups: Māori, young children (the first 1000 days of life), vulnerable children and youth, vulnerable older people, and people with severe long-term mental health need and/or addiction issues. These groups have particular focus in the Strategic Health Services Plan to improve their health in the next ten years. s e er ue ev iss n The plan has been developed with input from our staff, community based health services, other support agencies and patient advocates. “Just like other parts of the country, the health needs of our people are changing. The population’s increased, the number of people living with diabetes and heart disease is increasing, as is obesity and health conditions related to that. This plan will guide us to providing health services that better support people to stay well and manage their own health,” says Helen Mason. PRIO Chief Executive Helen Mason says, “The Strategic Health Services Plan sets the scene for what we need to focus on to support people in our communities to live healthy lives.” providing integrated health services, bringing health services closer to the patient, and providing the right mix of health supports in the right place. The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (DHB) has developed a plan to meet the changing health needs of our communities for the next decade. This is about listening to our people, focusing on what matters to them, and then bringing them the right mix of health services in the right setting. We need to improve the way we support people to manage their health. And when more help is required, our health services need to be able to respond quickly. When people are staying well and looking after their health, we’re likely to see a drop in the number of patients needing hospital treatment. Ensuring our hospital services are patient-centred, well connected to community based health services and focused on delivering care that enables our patients to return home as quickly as possible is our aim. Providing coordinated follow up care in the community is pivotal to ensuring our patients get well. Our progress will be monitored through patient feedback, and how long people stay in hospital. The Strategic Health Services Plan is due to be published online mid July at www.bopdhb.govt.nz. From the Chair It’s hard to believe we are right in the middle of winter. Apart from a couple of cold patches it’s been pretty mild so far which is why it’s easy to forget about how easy it is to forget the potential risk of an outbreak of influenza ‘the flu’. Flu is contagious and is spread by coughing, sneezing and direct contact with an infected person or by touching a contaminated surface. You can be infectious around a day before symptoms appear. Flu is different from a cold virus. A cold virus only affects the nose, throat and the upper chest and lasts for a few days, whereas flu can be a serious illness that affects the whole body and can last up to a week or more. So it’s really important to consider having the flu vaccination to protect not only yourself, but also your whānau and friends. So why not go and talk about it with your General Practice now, before you get unwell. This edition of Health Matters features a work plan which sets the scene of how health services will be provided for our people in the next ten years. The Board approved the Strategic Health Services Plan a couple of weeks ago. Our world is changing pretty rapidly and we need to find ways to utilise new technologies and ways of working so we can continue to provide high quality care to our growing population. The Strategic Health Services Plan outlines how we will work with others across the Bay, including you, our community to ensure people have the right care at the right time and are supported to live healthy lives. There are many projects currently underway to improve the way health services are provided in our region. As featured here in Health Matters, we are one of two DHBs involved in one of Australasia’s biggest clinical trials designed to improve language rehabilitation for people recovering from stroke. 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