Health management issues

1. Good financial oversight for the best possible health outcomes

 

Our quality of life relies on our good health.  We rarely appreciate it until we don’t have it.  Government spending reflects the importance we place on our health.  $1 of every $5 we pay in taxes goes into health spending, so your District Health Board must manage its budget in your best interests and in the best interests of your family and our community as a whole. With constant well-argued demands for more money from all health interests, District Health Boards must weigh all the arguments carefully on behalf of the communities and the thousands of people they serve.  

2.  The right balance of high-quality health services to match the needs of our whole community.

 

Needs can change over time.  With an ageing population and increasing numbers suffering from chronic health conditions, we must resource aged and chronic care needs with high-quality community health services, while continuing to provide a balance of high-quality services in our medical, surgical and other acute care disciplines.  There are some specific issues in aged care that your DHB is starting to address now including improving the speed of our needs assessment services by employing more qualified staff. 

Recent highlights

Waikato DHB launches first NZ virtual health service

Waikato DHB has launched a new service that lets patients talk to their hospital doctor over their smart phone from home rather than having to travel to an outpatient appointment.

Check it out on the DHB website 

3. Access to health services for those who need them most.

 

Our public health services were established to serve those who need help most: the aged, infirm, acutely sick and injured, our expectant mothers and our children.  These needs are easily recognised.  We must ensure that other needs do not go unrecognised: preventative care, chronic health needs, mental health needs, access to rural health services for those disadvantaged by geography, and access to affordable health services for those disadvantaged by socioeconomic factors. Poor family finances, poor housing, poor education and poor health can become a vicious cycle that we must continue to work at breaking for the sake of those trapped in the cycle as well as for our community as a whole.  Our community needs healthy people who can contribute fully to a healthy society.  

4. A good employer is a good health care provider.

 

The Waikato District Health Board is one of the region’s biggeset employers.  We are dependent on dedicated and well-trained staff to provide the services our community needs.  The Waikato District Health Board must at all times act as a good employer to attract and retain good staff and provide a safe and healthy workplace and working environment. 

5.  Individual health issues require care and balanced consideration 

 

At any moment in time there are many health issues that come top of the public mind, and they need sensible prioritisation and management.  People facing health issues feel vulnerable and health carers – paid and unpaid - need support. Your DHB has recently refreshed its vision and strategy to re-focus on our community: Healthy People. Excellent Care.

NEW VISION: Healthy People. Excellent Care

Having completed a major 10-year building programme we have now also refreshed the Waikato DHB's vision and strategy to re-focus on our community. Our vision is to support people to stay fit and healthy in their community, but if they need health and care services, we treat them quickly, expertly and in a caring and fair way.  Read more...

Financial stewardship

Waikato DHB expects to post a surplus of about $4.5 million for 2015-16 compared with a projected surplous of $2.2 million.

NZ-first cardiology procedure 

Waikato Hospital’s Cardiology team have successfully performed a New Zealand-first hybrid coronary revascularisation. 

This alternative to traditional coronary bypass surgery merges bypass surgery (creating new routes for blood flow when one or more arteries in the heart become blocked) and angioplasty (opening blocked arteries by inflating a tiny balloon and insertion of stents) during the same operation. Read more... 

 Waikato Maori Health First to Adopt Finland Model

Waikato DHB’s Māori Health service (Te Puna Oranga) is giving out Mama and Pepi (baby) Packs, based on the Finnish model of providing a baby gift box, to all pregnant mothers and their whānau who attend its Hapū Wānanga pregnancy and parenting programme. Read more...