One-stop-shop near for health services?
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.’’