Jab­u­lani wins award for ex­cep­tional re­sults

Doc­tor thrilled med­i­cal cen­tre fi­nally recog­nised

Whanganui Chronicle - - News - Jesse King jesse.king@wan­ganuichron­i­cle.co.nz

Dr An­drew Brown felt that he and his team at Jab­u­lani Med­i­cal Cen­tre were never ac­knowl­edged as part of the Whanganui Re­gional Health Net­work.

About two years ago, he made the de­ci­sion to join a new pub­lic health or­gan­i­sa­tion called the Na­tional Hauora Coali­tion (NHC), based in Auck­land.

The move was val­i­dated this week when they were awarded the Wha¯nau Whai Hua — Out­comes Mat­ter award at NHC’s Te Po¯ Tuku Mihi an­nual awards evening.

“We got the award for the prac­tice that has ba­si­cally reached 100 per cent of all tar­gets amongst all of the NHC prac­tices,” Brown said.

“I felt very proud that we man­aged this be­cause we’ve not re­ally had much ac­knowl­edge­ment lo­cally.”

The award recog­nises providers that have achieved ex­cep­tional re­sults against set pro­gramme or ser­vice re­quire­ments.

Brown at­tended the awards evening at Alexan­dra Park Race­way in Auck­land with more than 300 other guests, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from East­care Med­i­cal and Castle­cliff Health.

The hosts were Te Ka¯ea an­chor Piripi Tay­lor and Ma¯ori TV news pre­sen­ter Wik­ito¯ria Day, and Na­tional Hauora Coali­tion Trust chair­woman Dame Tar­i­ana Turia was a guest speaker.

“This is our first in­volve­ment with a full Ma¯ori or­gan­i­sa­tion and it was a lovely at­mos­phere there. It felt re­ally homely, like we’re a big fam­ily,” Brown said. “I’d like to ac­knowl­edge the ex­cep­tional NHC staff who are very pro­fes­sional and also thank them for the re­spect they have given us and our pa­tients.”

The NHC is a na­tional iwi provider that works with sev­eral district health boards through­out New Zealand.

With them, Jab­u­lani has been in­volved in trial ini­tia­tives such as Mana Taimahi, which fo­cuses on get­ting in­di­vid­u­als on a sick­ness ben­e­fit back to work.

Brown started Jab­u­lani Med­i­cal Cen­tre in 2008. Af­ter spend­ing time in Spring­vale as a solo prac­ti­tioner, he moved to Wick­steed St in 2009.

In 2014, Dr Bill Dou­glas amal­ga­mated Quay Med­i­cal Cen­tre with Jab­u­lani and the prac­tice was of­fi­cially opened by then Prime Min­is­ter John Key.

Brown praised his team for their suc­cess, in­clud­ing wife and prac­tice man­ager Tanya Brown, nurses Geral­dine Ser­vice and Melissa Eades and ad­min­is­tra­tor Carol Rid­di­ford.

“It’s been hard work, but I feel im­mensely proud ac­tu­ally and I want to thank them for their sup­port.

“It’s a plea­sure and hon­our to be a part of this team.”

Brown is ex­pect­ing more good changes to come with the NHC, in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of free con­sul­ta­tions for un­der-14s next year.

PHOTO / JESSE KING

The Jab­u­lani Med­i­cal Cen­tre team in­cludes, from left: Carol Rid­di­ford, Dr An­drew Brown and Geral­dine Ser­vice. Ab­sent are Tanya Brown and Melissa Eades.

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