One-stop-shop near for health ser­vices?

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - DIANA WOR­THY

A new health man­ager on the is­land is set­ting her sights on a one-stop-shop for the lo­cal health ser­vices.

It’s an idea that’s been around on the is­land for some time but Wai­heke Health Trust gen­eral man­ager Julie Cairns be­lieves it can hap­pen if peo­ple start think­ing dif­fer­ently.

The Wai­heke Health Trust op­er­ates and owns the Os­tend Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

The other health trust on the is­land, the Pir­i­tahi Hau Ora Trust, op­er­ates and owns the Oneroa Ac­ci­dent and Med­i­cal Cen­tre as well as the surgery lo­cated at Black­pool’s marae.

Cairns said the is­land’s two health trusts had come to­gether, un­der the name Wai­heke Hauora, to dis­cuss a new Ur­gent and Af­ter Hours fa­cil­ity prior to her ar­rival.

She took up the work po­si­tion in July 2017 af­ter re­turn­ing to Wai­heke from work in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia.

And she is not afraid to be a trail­blazer.

She has spent most of her life work­ing in health, in New Zealand, the UK and Aus­tralia, and be­lieves the health sys­tem is bro­ken.

‘‘In or­der to make some sig­nifi- cant changes to the health of peo­ple, it will re­quire a revo­lu­tion­ary shift in think­ing about how we pro­vide health ser­vices to the pop­u­la­tion of New Zealand,’’ she said.

Her vi­sion is to see de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion of fund­ing and power and the in­tro­duc­tion of a joined-up­dots way of work­ing.

Cairns be­lieves pub­lic ser­vices should start work­ing to­gether in terms of fund­ing and think­ing.

‘‘There’s a lot of talk on the is­land about hous­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity and fund­ing.

‘‘They im­pact on a per­son’s qual­ity of life - and health.

‘‘Let’s talk about it in a big­ger sense.

‘‘It’s hard to get so­lu­tions be­cause the fund­ing sources are all sep­a­rate.

She said de­ci­sions should be made by so­cial groups and net­works in­stead of cen­tral gov­ern­ment, which needed to give up con­trol.

And that big pic­ture is one she wants for the is­land.

Cairns said the Wai­heke com­mu­nity needed to be­come en­gaged with all its pub­lic ser­vices in or­der to ef­fect change.

‘‘There’s a quote in health - ‘it’s not what’s the mat­ter with you, it’s what mat­ters to you’.

‘‘That should be the motto.’’

Julie Cairns is aim­ing to make a dif­fer­ence to the is­land’s healthcare ser­vices. DIANA WOR­THY/STUFF

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