Study shows a bet­ter way to give ser­vice

Large do­na­tions much ap­pre­ci­ated

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

More ru­ral health care money could be com­ing Wanaka’s way fol­low­ing a three-month study into af­ter-hours GP ser­vices, by the South­ern District Health Board.

The pi­lot project be­gan in April and runs to the end of June. It is be­ing used as a model for fu­ture ru­ral Otago health care, fol­low­ing con­cerns from Wanaka doc­tors about the lack of fund­ing to run the af­ter-hours ser­vice.

Wanaka Med­i­cal and As­pir­ing Med­i­cal cur­rently share the af­ter­hours ser­vice and run drop-in clin­ics on al­ter­nate week­ends.

South­ern Pri­mary Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Macara told the Mir­ror last week there had been con­cerns that the fund­ing al­lo­cated wasn’t cov­er­ing the full cost of ser­vices.

‘‘The good news is the ser­vice hasn’t de­te­ri­o­rated, but from the study we will know ex­actly how to pro­vide bet­ter for the com­mu­nity in the fu­ture,’’ he said.

The PHO was look­ing at all the fi­nan­cial and op­er­a­tional data in the study, to see how the ser­vice could be run more ef­fec­tively.

‘‘The im­por­tant thing about the pi­lot is it’s GP-led. In other places you have nurse prac­ti­tioner.’’

He said be­cause Wanaka was one of the most ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties in Otago, with an in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion, the PHO needed to plan for that.

An ac­tion plan had been made three years ago in a re­gion-wide re­port to look at all the ser­vices in ru­ral ar­eas, and a key point of that was af­ter-hours ser­vices, he said. Two Wanaka or­gan­i­sa­tions have been given a share of $60,000 from the Up­per Clutha A&P Show So­ci­ety.

The so­ci­ety, which runs the Wanaka A&P Show, will give $50,000 to the Up­per Clutha Hospice Trust and $10,000 to Com­mu­nity Net­works Wanaka.

Fund­ing for the hospice trust will be used to fit out a pal­lia­tive room and a fam­ily room at the pro­posed hospice at the As­pir­ing Life­style Vil­lage and es­sen­tial op­er­a­tional costs at Com­mu­nity Net­works.

So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Beau Tre­vathan said ‘‘the so­ci­ety is de­lighted to be able to give two wor­thy or­gan­i­sa­tions some much-needed money.

‘‘We be­lieve these two or­gan­i­sa­tions rep­re­sent all as­pects of the com­mu­nity – from young and old, to sick and needy people liv­ing here,’’ she said.

Hospice trustee Ray Rud­kin said the fund­ing was the largest lump sum do­na­tion the trust had re­ceived.

‘‘It came as a com­plete sur­prise. We were blown away,’’ he said.

Com­mu­nity Net­works manger Kate Mur­ray said ‘‘it’s very hard for us to find fund­ing for our on­go­ing costs like rates, and phone.

‘‘The ma­jor­ity of our fund­ing is for one-off projects so to have money for two years to cover op­er­a­tional costs is just fan­tas­tic,’’ she said.

It was the first time in three years the so­ci­ety was able to give large do­na­tions af­ter a pe­riod of con­sol­i­da­tion and sav­ing to up­grade the wool­shed on the show­grounds.

The so­ci­ety also gives about $25,000 ev­ery year to com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions which work at the show and three $1000 agri­cul­tural scholarships.

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Show ben­e­fi­cia­ries: Com­mu­nity Net­works Wanaka man­ager Kate Mur­ray, Up­per Clutha A&P Show So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Beau Tre­vathan, Up­per Clutha Clutha Hospice Trust trustee Ray Rud­kin and Wanaka Show or­gan­iser Jane Stalker at the Wanaka Show­grounds.

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