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South Island Alliance update
October 2016

Welcome to the new South Island Alliance update

We're trying something different for this issue of the South Island Alliance update. Instead of sending out a PDF with all our latest news, we have collated a digest of news stories that link directly to our website. We hope you enjoy the new layout. Please email us if you have any feedback, we'd love to hear from you.

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The South Island Alliance is a collaboration of the five South Island district health boards. This bimonthly update from the South Island Alliance Programme Office aims to educate, inform and celebrate our achievements as we work towards improving health outcomes for all South Islanders.
South Island Alliance Video
Learn more about the South Island Alliance and some of our recent achievements in this short video. 
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South Island Alliance finalist in prestigious healthcare excellence award

The South Island Alliance was recognised at the Ko Awatea International Excellence in Health Improvement Awards this month, as part of the 2016 APAC Forum in Sydney. The Alliance was awarded runner-up in the Assuring Quality of Healthcare Standards category, for its 'best for people, best for system' approach to improving health outcomes for the people of the South Island.
Read more about the health improvement awards »
Minister of Health Jill Bond at annual event

An intersectoral approach to improving health outcomes

The South Island’s approach to intersectoral collaboration was recognised by the Ministry of Health’s Jill Bond at the South Island Alliance’s recent planning workshop. The Alliance's progress in this area prompted Jill to abandon her prepared presentation and address the audience informally as guest speaker at the annual event. The workshop was held in September to discuss and plan progress towards improving health outcomes for the South Island population.   
Read more about the South Island Alliance planning workshop »
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Stroke: Enhancing day-to-day practice


GPs and other health professionals will focus on improving the quality of care for stroke patients at the annual stroke study day this month. The event is being held in Christchurch and delivered jointly by the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand and the South Island Alliance’s stroke services team.

Read more about the Stroke Study Day »

Shared health information for over 800,000 people

Four out of five South Island district health boards (DHBs) are now securely sharing relevant, electronic, patient health information, which means better, safer and more coordinated care for over 800,000 people. On 27 September, HealthOne was launched in Southern DHB. This secure information system collates electronic patient data, such as GP records, prescribed medications and test results, and is currently used in Canterbury, West Coast and South Canterbury DHBs. Nelson Marlborough is on track to join the fold early next year.
Read more about the launch of HealthOne in Southern DHB »
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South Island-wide inter hospital transfer agreement 


Waiting times for patients being transferred between South Island hospitals have been significantly reduced, as part of a regional agreement with St John. The arranged transfer of non-acute patients between hospitals previously relied on the availability of St John ambulances at the time of a request for a patient transfer.
Read more about the transfer agreement with St John »
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Regional roll out of Southern DHB's eGrowth Charts

An electronic solution developed by Southern DHB to track body measurements from birth to death has been rolled out across the region through Health Connect South. The solution, Anthropometrics (or eGrowth Charts), has been used at Southern DHB since it was created five years ago and the South Island Alliance supported the 1 June roll out across the South Island. Over 6000 patients have been entered into the system since regional implementation.
Read more about the regional roll-out of eGrowth Charts »
Mortality in infants aged 28 days to one year by cause of death pie graph

West Coast DHB leads the way with Safe Sleep Policy audit

The most common cause of death in the first year of life is Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). To help reduce these deaths, South Island DHBs adopted a Safe Sleep Policy for infants, from birth to six months. An audit tool was also developed to measure implementation of the policy and support any improvements – and West Coast DHB is leading the way.
Read more about the Safe Sleep Policy audits »
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Meet the team

Anna Carey - Quality and safety SLA Facilitator and Aged Care Quality Assessor

A dissertation and a dual role at the South Island Alliance certainly keeps Anna Carey busy, as she pursues her passion for quality improvement. The qualified and experienced registered nurse and auditor has just finished her dissertation to complete a Masters of Health Science, endorsed in Health Management.
Read more about Anna Carey »

South Island Alliance Annual Progress Report 2015-16

The 2015-2016 Annual Progress Report is available to view here. This report outlines some of the activities, initiatives and developments the South Island Alliance has led during 2015-2016 that support our “best for people, best for system” vision and the South Island Outcomes Framework.
For previous reports and information, go to the useful resources section on the South Island Alliance website.
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