RAPHS News


Green Prescriptions help people help themselves

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25/05/2018

Brenda Sommerville's health and fitness journey began 25 years ago, when her doctor informed her she was at risk of having diabetes.

"What is that?" she thought.

Lacking knowledge about the finer points of diet and exercise, and with fewer resources available than there are today, Brenda was unaware that she could change her lifestyle to combat the disease.

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Charitable Trust brings Whanau Ora to Pacific Islands community

11/05/2018

The concept of Whanau Ora has been warmly embraced in the RAPHS region, particularly among local iwi and the health providers who work with them.

However, our region also has 3500 Pasifika residents who have accessed various Whanau Ora services. One organisation's response to this, with the help of a team of hard-working people who are dedicated to improving the health and wellness of this community, is to offer its own Whanau Ora support for Pacific Island families.

We're talking about the Rotorua Pacific Islands Development Charitable Trust, which is managing a variety of projects in the RAPHS region.

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Registered Nurse Joins RAPHS' Extended Care Support Team

27/04/2018

Annabel Senior brings experience from a diverse range of locations to her new nursing role with RAPHS’ Extended Care Support Team.
 
Between her childhood in Foxton and moving to Rotorua three or four years ago, Annabel has worked “all over the place” in a variety of jobs mostly involving acute care.
 
These include time at Rotorua and Tauranga DHB’s, Middlemore and North Shore Hospital’s ICUs, and stints with agencies in rural areas in Queensland and New South Wales. It also included working in ophthalmology clinical trials as a clinical nurse research co-ordinator for the University of Sydney.
 
The diversity of these locations has taught Annabel that health care can be approached in different ways despite shared foundations.

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RAPHS puts General Practice first with funding for new services

29/03/2018

The RAPHS Board requested the development of further acute demand services, and how best to deliver additional FTE to support improved patient health outcomes.

Following FAS committee and clinical governance sign-off, the following initiatives have been approved by the Board and will commence from 1 April 2018.

To support these services, a RAPHS costing methodology has been established, in consultation with RAPHS member practices, to provide a robust costing approach based on time and cost in delivering primary care services.

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RAPHS IS teams work to help general practices

RAPHS Information Systems is led by Chris Walmsley, with two teams based at the RAPHS offices.

The Technology team is led by Steve Webb. The purpose of this team is to support the day-to-day running of the network, communication systems and applications.

The Information Management team is led by Jennifer Anastasi. The focus of this team is the integration of information management.

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Tipu Ora offers more help to general practices

The stop-smoking provider will help RAPHS-area practices reach their ABC targets by contacting patients who smoke.
 
The performance achieved at the end of Quarter 2 was 89.7% check.

RAPHS is motivated to achieve the Smoking Health Target of 90%.

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Sweet success - a diabetes patient speaks

This is the last RAPHS files for 2017.

Let's end the year with a positive reminder that our hard work does make people's lives better.

Today we speak with Robert, a patient with Type-2 diabetes whose life is improving with the help of RAPHS-area specialists. 

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Korowai offers Christmas aroha to children

Dozens of children will experience the joy of opening presents this Christmas - thanks to the generous donations of staff at Korowai Aroha Health Centre.

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RAPHS' patient registers prove a hit

We report on the achievements of practices under RAPHS' new patient register system - and offer some 'tips and tricks' for making the most of them.

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New training programme to help RAPHS-area people with diabetes

New DESMOND trainers aim to educate people with Type 2 diabetes about managing their conditions.

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Health psychology patients find a 'new normal' at QE Health

Eight months since RAPHS started offering patients with long-term psychological conditions funding access to QE Health Services, we catch up with Glenda Light to find out how it's working.

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RAPHS leads the way on retinal screening

RAPHS' retinal screening programme demonstrates how an advanced data system can provide across-the-board benefits.

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RAPHS and the future of patient portals

Concluding our series on patient portals, we talk with RAPHS information systems manager Chris Walmsley about the future of such technology.

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Cancer survivor ensures RAPHS women get cervical, breast checks

June Grant talks about the battle with cancer that inspired her to help women in the RAPHS area receive mammograms and cervical checks.

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Te Ngae trials patient portal on Profile software

In the second of a two-part series on patient portals, we examine Te Ngae Medical Centre's trial of a portal that can be used by practices on Profile systems.

Practice manager Henri Egger tells us about the challenges, the benefits and the excitement surrounding the centre's new portal.

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Health information belongs to patients at Ranolf

This week, we're checking progress at two practices using Manage My Health patient portals.

At Ranolf Medical Centre, staff find that patient portal technology creates benefits that are both practical and ethical.

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Manage My Health a winner at Ngongotaha

This week, we're checking progress at two practices using Manage My Health patient portals.

At Ngongotaha Medical Centre, managers and staff are working towards the ambitious goal of having 50 percent of patients using the online service.

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Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) - funding via the DHB

New funding allows patients Opioid Substitution (OST) to access four extended-care consults each year, during which their OST plan is reviewed and updated.

Each of the four extended consults will be paid at $76.

Details (including consult guidelines) are available here.


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Nurses enter practices with assistance from NETP programme

With many nurses approaching retirement in the RAPHS area, we take a look at the Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP) programme and the ways it benefits patients, nurses and practices.

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Breast Practice - how a RAPHS clinic is helping expectant mothers

Breastfeeding provides many benefits for both mum and baby, including it's role in helping to prevent Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).

With World Breastfeeding Week starting on Tuesday, we examine the work of a breastfeeding clinic based at RAPHS.

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Rural nurse thrives in partnership with Extended Care Support Team

A Mangakino Health Services nurse in making a difference in her community - with a little help from the ECST.

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Nurses make a difference at Korowai Aroha Health Centre

Nurses across the region are broadening their roles in clinical care - and Korowai Aroha Health Centre is a shining example of how this is benefiting patients.

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Group purchasing supplier chosen

RAPHS members will benefit from significant discounts on medical supplies as part of an agreement with USL Medical.

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Clinical pharmacy service gathers momentum

One year from it's introduction, RAPHS' clinical pharmacists discuss their service's milestones and how it is evolving.

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New health service will help osteoarthritis patients

Heading into tomorrow's World Autoimmune Arthritis Day, we look at an online resource for osteoarthritis patients that has just been introduced to the RAPHS area.

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Change brings improvements to medical centre

Ngongotaha Medical Centre has embraced RAPHS' new consolidated quality plan by seeking fresh new ways to improve reporting, efficiency and patient care.

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Extending the reach of patient care

As resources and funding become increasingly limited, RAPHS continues to search for ways to maximize every patient consultation.

This is where the Extended Care Support Team (ECST) comes in, ensuring every patient is thoroughly treated and accounted for.

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Support for new maternal packages of care

Two women who have taken on leadership roles in RAPHS are backing the announcement of new clinical care packages supporting eligible women during pregnancy.

Janet Bland joined RAPHS at the end of last month as the Director of Nursing Services, replacing Vicky Gaunt who left to take up a nurse practitioner role at Rotorua Medical Group.

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RAPHS space: Empowering diabetes patients

Rotorua patients affected by Type 1 diabetes are benefiting from an outpatient education programme designed to help them feel more in control of their condition.

The Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating course, otherwise known as DAFNE, was held in RAPHS' clinical rooms over five days in January.

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New nurse: RAPHS welcomes Jessica Lawn

Quality nursing staff is something RAPHS prides itself on, and the PHO is always seeking ways to help their staff grow and develop, as well as bring new skilled staff into the organisation. Recent addition Jessica Lawn joins the RAPHS team as a registered nurse, with a diverse background and bright future.

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Plunket services: Driving ahead with support

Ensuring high-needs and hard-to-reach families can access the services they need is a top priority for RAPHS. This focus has resulted in a partnership between Plunket and RAPHS, to offer a much-needed driving programme to the community. Plunket provides the training while RAPHS provides the facilities.

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Secure email: Better systems for confidentiality

Protecting the private information of Rotorua patients is vital to RAPHS and its network of health care professionals. As such, a new system has been added to further strengthen this security, with a successful uptake of secure email for Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs) in the region.

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Group Purchase initiative offers better value

Savings, benefits and collaboration – Group Purchasing is a RAPHS initiative to provide benefits and savings to all practices across the network, which builds on the LINC model to provide clinical and business models. RAPHS business manager Gavin Lord explains.

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Taking a holistic approach to patient recovery

For 75 years, QE Health has been New Zealand’s premier health spa, providing services designed to improve patients’ mental and physical wellbeing. Their unique ReCharge programme is an ideal way for patients, who have suffered an injury or illness, to reboot and reload their system in a nurturing environment.

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Funding changes for cervical screenings

From mid-November, RAPHS will receive a reduced amount of funding allocated to ensure priority women get the care they need around cervical screening. As part of this, eligibility has been altered.
Here’s what you need to know about the changes and how it affects you. 

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Solving the world's problems... one step at a time

Alongside individuals from the media, lawyers, engineers and fellow health professionals – to name a few – Eui-Jin Kim recently had the opportunity to share his unique work at RAPHS at the 2016 Future Leaders’ Conference (FLC) in Korea, which proved to be an eye-opening experience for our clinical pharmacist.

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Stepping up to the challenge for better wellbeing

The RAPHS team once again demonstrated their commitment to workplace wellness this month by participating in the annual Rotorua Ekiden Relay. It's all part of RAPHS' dedication to workplace health, alongside activities such as weekly runs, mountain bikes and yoga sessions.

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Stoptober: How we're stamping out bad habits

Stoptober is a 31-day campaign encouraging people who wish to put down the packet to do so.

However, it can take more than four weeks to stub out this addiction, and as such Clinical Services Manager Matt Watson updates us on what’s being done by RAPHS to meet Ministry of Health targets in smoking cessation.

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Upstairs-Downstairs: The one-stop health 'shop'

With September being Cervical Screening Awareness Month, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month fast approaching, we profile the centre that’s providing a holistic approach to women’s health. It’s affectionately called the Upstairs-Downstairs clinic – a colloquial title for an important part of the RAPHS health network.

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Safe & secure: Keeping your information private

Electronic communication has become a critical part of how we interact.

But what measures are you taking to ensure those emails stay between you, the sender, and the recipient? Are you aware of the security around your communication methods? 

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Connecting the dots for better B4 School Checks

B4 School Checks are a vital addition to the health sector’s repertoire, identifying any health and developmental issues before children reach the classroom. 

But RAPHS has found that links in the chain of information are missing, and is now exploring new ways to join up the service providers involved and make sure every check counts.

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International conference for future leader

The upcoming 2016 Future Leaders’ Conference (FLC) in Korea is a chance for likeminded individuals from around the world to share ideas, success stories and solutions for real-life issues facing the globe.

Only a select few are chosen to represent their country and this year, RAPHS’ own clinical pharmacist facilitator Eui-Jin Kim has made the grade – one of only three to be selected from New Zealand.

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Success for RAPHS at NZ Pharmacy Awards

RAPHS and its clinical pharmacy team have been honoured at an event which recognises innovators and leaders in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Sharing spaces - FibroScan clinics at RAPHS

Two FibroScan clinics have been held in RAPHS’ clinical rooms, which proved to be the perfect space for patients and Hepatitis Foundation nursing staff to meet and discuss valuable health information.

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RAPHS service vying for prestigious award

Within months of launching, RAPHS’ new clinical pharmacy service is in the running for a prestigious industry award. The service has been named as one of two finalists in the Pharmaceutical Society Professional Service of the Year category at the 2016 New Zealand Pharmacy Awards.

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A sustainable future

Increasing cost pressures facing the health sector is forcing primary care providers to re-evaluate their business and clinical care models. With RAPHS working to support its members and maintain the future viability of local practices, the organisation has recruited a savvy accountant to join the team.

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Primary Options for Acute Care

In this RAPHS Files feature story, clinical services manager MATT WATSON explains how the Primary Options for Acute Care service is helping to prevent admissions to Rotorua Hospital and what’s being done to make the service even more efficient for both GPs and their patients.

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Embracing new technology

Four years on from the launch of Ranof Medical Centre's patient portal, Dr Harry Pert shares his insights into its success and its challenges.

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A creative spirit at heart

June Grant has been encouraging women to receive life-saving health checks for 7 years since joining RAPHS' as its Breast and Cervical Screening health promoter. She has had little time to focus on her art but a recent trip to Hawaii has rekindled June's creative spirit.

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New pharmacy service bridges gaps

RAPHS’ new clinical pharmacy initiative has special significance for registered pharmacist and RAPHS CEO Kirsten Stone.

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Meeting our health targets

RAPHS is focusing its efforts over the next few months on lifting the PHO's performance across key health targets.

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Emergency Planning: Ebola Information

Comprehensive information and updates for health professionals regarding Ebola virus disease can be found at www.health.govt.nz/ebolaguidance.