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South Island Alliance update
December 2016
Welcome to the last South Island Alliance update for the year.
Over the past year, the five South Island DHBs have made great progress towards improving the equity and quality of our South Island health system. Our information systems are more aligned, care is more consistent and seamless, and our focus has expanded as we connect with more agencies and organisations outside of health.
Looking ahead, 2017 promises to be big year for the Alliance. There will be a single electronic record of relevant health information for everyone in the South Island, we’ll be broadening our approach to public health, and seeing more great results from all our dedicated regional service level alliances and workstreams. So keep an eye out for our next update, which will hit your inbox in February.
From everyone at the South Island Alliance Programme Office, we wish you and your families a Merry Christmas, and a happy and safe New Year.  

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The South Island Alliance is a collaboration of the five South Island district health boards (DHBs). This bimonthly update from the S
outh Island Alliance Programme Office aims to educate, inform and celebrate our achievements as we work towards improving health outcomes for all South Islanders.
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A flying visit from the Calderdale Framework founders

The South Island was extremely fortunate to host the UK founders of the Calderdale Framework, a skill sharing and skill delegation tool, last month. Founders Jayne Duffy and Rachael Smith held a 10-day workshop to train two facilitators to become certified practitioners, which will enable the education of future facilitators.
Read more about the Calderdale Framework workshop »
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Stories shared and lessons learned at South Island Stroke Study Day

Stroke carer and survivor Shona Andrell shared her personal experience with health professionals from across the spectrum of services at the annual South Island Stroke Study Day 2016 last month, attended by almost 250 stroke service providers.
Read more about the Stroke Study Day »
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Faster breast cancer treatment for the West Coast


West Coast patients diagnosed with breast cancer are now receiving faster treatment, following significant changes to the clinical pathway.

West Coast DHB Cancer Nurse Coordinator Andrea Reilly set about making improvements in response to patient feedback. The timeline has now been reduced from between 60 to 100 days, to within 31 days – from the patient’s first confirmed diagnosis of breast cancer outside screening, to surgery.

Read more about the updated West Coast breast cancer pathway »
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Well Child Tamariki Ora on the agenda for midwifery students

Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) services is now a part of third year midwifery students’ curriculum across the South Island, to provide them with additional education on the programme before entering the workforce.
Read more about the Well Child initiative »
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Newly accredited Triple P trainer leads by example

Becoming one of the first qualified Group Lifestyle Triple P practitioners in New Zealand was an inspiring turning point in Dany Haira’s life. While training to motivate and support families to develop effective strategies for managing their child’s weight, Dany was inspired to make changes to her own lifestyle.
Read more about Dany's experience and Triple P »
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Coming soon … South Island-wide electronic ACP

The five South Island DHBs have agreed to develop a single South Island-wide electronic advance care plan (ACP). This means there will be one format for all ACPs available electronically anywhere in the South Island – one person, one plan, across five DHBs.
Read more about the regional electronic ACP »
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Focus on trauma care in Southland  

A recent event in Southland aims to enhance the quality of care for trauma patients by bringing together health professionals from across the sector to learn, share and discuss new developments and best practice in trauma care.
Read more about the Southland Trauma Symposium »
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Meet the team:

Jane and Anna cross the line together


A shared interest in running gave South Island Alliance colleagues Anna Foaese and Jane Haughey all the more drive and motivation to conquer one of New Zealand’s biggest road races.

Read more about Jane and Anna »
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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