An un­ex­pected win

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

A trip to Queen­stown is on the cards for the win­ners of the Mata­mata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion’s Pass­port pro­mo­tion.

Gra­ham Payze was the lucky win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion, with a prize of $5000 worth of travel courtesy of Jo Anne Prevett Travel.

The pro­mo­tion re­quired shop­pers to pur­chase items from par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses which were di­vided into four dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories – New World, Party Tree, Green Dragon and Bag End.

It was the brain­child of MBA mem­bers who wanted to keep with the Hob­bit theme, fol­low­ing on from the re­lease of the movie The Hob­bit – An Un­ex­pected Jour­ney and the open­ing of the Mata­mata i-SITE Gate­house.

Gra­ham col­lected his stamps by shop­ping at New World for gro­ceries, O Del Emz for lunch, Unichem for his wife Chrissy’s med­i­ca­tion and bought Christ­mas cards and a birth­day card for his wife at Fraser’s Take Note.

Gra­ham and Chrissy have de­cided to use their prize to travel around New Zealand to­wards the end of this year.

Their three chil­dren will fly to Queen­stown where the Payze fam­ily will en­joy some qual­ity fam­ily time to­gether and then Gra­ham and Chrissy will travel around New Zealand in their mo­torhome for about two months.

‘‘My wife had a dream that we crossed Cook Strait on the ferry 17 times,’’ Gra­ham said.

‘‘We would like to thank the Mata­mata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion for pro­vid­ing this prize.

‘‘We are over­whelmed and so grate­ful.’’ Reg­is­tered pa­tients at Mata­mata Med­i­cal Cen­tre are now en­rolled with the Hau­raki Pri­mary Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion Net­work.

The cen­tre changed to the net­work from its pre­vi­ous pri­mary health or­gan­i­sa­tion (PHO) Mid­lands Health Net­work on Jan­uary 1.

There are no changes to the ser­vice pro­vided by the cen­tre – fees are the same, pa­tients will con­tinue to see the same GP and re­fer­rals to spe­cial­ists and Waikato Hospi­tal are still in place.

Waikato Hospi­tal re­mains the base hospi­tal for any ad­mis­sions.

The only change will come from the avail­abil­ity and al­lo­ca­tion of fund­ing to the cen­tre.

Waikato District Health Board dis­trib­utes government fund­ing to Hau­raki, Mid­lands and a third PHO, Na­tional Hauora Coali­tion.

This fund­ing is then passed on to providers, to sub­sidise the cost of doc­tor fees and other types of care like free di­a­betes re­view vis­its.

Mata­mata Med­i­cal Cen­tre prac­tice man­ager Gil­lian Vin­cent said they hoped to have bet­ter ac­cess to funds avail­able for pri­mary health un­der Hau­raki.

‘‘One of the main rea­sons for chang­ing was Mid­lands Health has be­come a very big or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘Hau­raki is much smaller and has more fo­cus on ru­ral ar­eas.’’

Ms Vin­cent said the de­ci­sion to move was made by the six prin­ci­pal GPs who own Mata­mata Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

Un­der the smaller net­work, a Mata­mata doc­tor will have a po­si­tion on the board of direc­tors, mean­ing the cen­tre will have more in­flu­ence on how fund­ing is al­lo­cated.

Plans to in­tro­duce Care Plus, a chronic care man­age­ment pro­gramme aimed at im­prov­ing care and low­er­ing costs for high­need pa­tients, is one re­sult of the change.

Any pa­tients who want to re­turn to Mid­lands Health Net­work can do so by reg­is­ter­ing at a Mid­lands prac­tice.

For more in­for­ma­tion ask your GP, go to health.govt.nz or re­quest an in­for­ma­tion sheet from the med­i­cal cen­tre.

Off on a jour­ney: Gra­ham and Chrissy Payze and Mata­mata Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee mem­ber Dale Er­tel.

ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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