Tēnā koutou e ngā kaimahi, and welcome to our first issue of Tū Mata Kōkiri.
Thank you for your mahi and for the manaakitanga (support) you show towards your colleagues, patients, whānau, and communities. This has been another busy year for everyone (whether your role is based in one of our hospitals or in the community) – particularly as COVID-19 continues to have an impact.
We are still brand new – just five months old – with lots of work to do to unify our ‘team of teams’. Your voice is important to help us shape our workplace, so make sure you have your say by completing our Pulse Survey. More than 11,500 of you have done so already.
I would like to make a couple of shout-outs:
The Lakes team has implemented a new regional clinical portal, with IS teams across Te Manawa Taki supporting the go-live. The portal will provide clinicians with shared access to regional patient health information. Ka mau te wehi! (awesome).
The Te Tai Tokerau team has set up a new mobile unit to provide specialist care in the community. The new van, named Te Pahi O Ngā Iwi (The People’s Bus), plays an essential role in the early detection and treatment of heart disease. The service will also provide other diagnostic services, such as vascular and ophthalmology scans to communities who are as far away as three hours from Whangarei Hospital. Thank you for the innovation.
You can read more stories about our people in this pānui.
Finally, thank you to everyone who took the time to offer feedback on the Unify to Simplify consultation. We’ve received more than 700 comments, and I’m about half-way through reading them. My aim is to get back to you soon to provide more certainty about the way ahead.
Noho ora mai,
Margie Apa - Chief Executive, Te Whatu Ora