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Appointment will enable better integration of care

Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is looking to further strengthen the links between primary and secondary care with a new senior appointment.

Dr Damian Tomic, currently medical director at Midlands Health Network will be leaving to join the DHB as clinical director primary care early next month.

Nigel Murray

CEO, Nigel Murray

Dr Nigel Murray, chief executive, Waikato District Health Board welcomed the announcement, saying that Dr Tomic’s appointment would build on the work that Jan Adams has been doing as Primary Care Strategic Liaison since last October.

“Putting a Primary Care Physician with Damian’s expertise into the position strengthens our relationships with our primary care partners. I am certain his strong clinical leadership will be an asset for Waikato DHB,” he said.

John Macaskill-Smith

Dr Tomic has been at Midlands Health Network for five years, and the medical director of the organisation for the past three. He has also worked as a GP at the Northcare Grandview practice in Hamilton, one of the practices spearheading the Midland Health Network integrated ‘Health Care Home’ model.

Midlands Health Network chief executive, John Macaskill-Smith says Dr Tomic brings a wealth of insight into the current and future needs of patients in the region, and his appointment will enable all organisations across the region to deliver better coordinated and more collaborative services.

“Damian’s experience at Midlands Health Network has given him first hand experiences of the wide range of issues and opportunities for the primary health sector in the Waikato,” he said.

“Working within the cutting edge environment of the Health Care Home at Grandview, he knows the power of primary care to step up and shift the burden away from hospital services and really deliver on the promise of better, sooner, more convenient health care for patients across the region.”

One of Dr Tomic’s recent achievements was chairing the regional Map of Medicine governance group, which was introduced as part of the Midlands Health Network ‘Better Sooner More Convenient’ work and enables practitioners to work to their full potential, confident that they are following clinical best practice pathways.

The Map of Medicine platform holds a collection of approximately 1100 clinical pathways based on existing evidence and international guidelines. The project has seen primary and secondary practitioners work together to create over 50 local pathways for use within the region.

“Map of Medicine is the foundation for some of our most innovative and successful services, such as Primary Options and eReferrals,” said Macaskill-Smith.

“These and other services are playing a major part in treating more people in the community and reducing unnecessary referrals to secondary care.

“Damian can be proud this and of what he has achieved at Midlands Health.”


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