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Click the links below to view each project:

Gonville Health, Whanganui (improving the new patient process, access equity focus)

Overview of project: Targeting the new patient process at their Very Low Cost Access practice. Increasing the accessibility, patient-friendliness and efficiency of the process with a view to increasing patient health literacy and self-management, quality of care and cultural appropriateness.

Te Whānau a Apanui Community Health Centre (Te Kaha, Bay of Plenty DHB) (rural medicines management)

Overview of project: Building a sustainable quality improvement model for general practice transformation. Medicines access in a remote rural community was the focus of the improvement work to understand and build a sustainable model of community-driven quality improvement practices to address health disparities of its high-need, predominantly Māori population. Patient engagement and community guidance drove the project with the aim of building a model that can be scaled to other low-resource settings. The medicines access aspect of this project is supported by PHARMAC Te Pātaka Whaioranga.

Turanga Health, Gisborne (accessing wraparound services for rural communities, equity, whānau focus)

Project overview: Developed a primary care approach which works for Māori whānau via a workplace wellness platform – Tū Mahi Workplace Wellness. Mobile health staff can provide care to whānau at work and home and engage high-risk patients in follow-up care.

Victory Square (physical health of opioid substitution patients)

Project overview: Improving the physical health of a number of patients receiving opioid substitution treatment through a community pharmacist-led model. The project aimed to improve quality of life through access to appropriate diagnosis and treatment of the patients’ co-morbidities, enhanced self-awareness and encouraging self-reliance and independence.

Nelson Marlborough DHB and three practices – post-stent management (quality issue, integration focus)

Project overview: Co-project between Nelson Marlborough DHB, Mapua Health, Tima Health, Harley Medical and other primary care providers, entitled ‘Live longer and feel better following treatment for a heart attack’. It focused on the reduction of preventable deaths and acute readmissions to hospital following an angioplasty procedure. The improvements focused on improving the uptake of triple therapy (medication) following angioplasty and the reduction of unnecessary polypharmacy one year after this procedure.


Published: 27 Oct 2021 Modified: 14 Dec 2021