The health industry is working together to improve the way patients move between community and hospital based services.
For the first time Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray and Clinical Director Primary and Integrated Care, Damian Tomic will present at the New Zealand College of General Practice national conference in Hamilton about the future possibilities of Waikato’s health services.
“Waikato DHB needs to ensure it is meeting the needs and expectations of our GP colleagues, to provide safe effective care in the community,” said Tomic.
Part of the work the DHB is doing involves the new appointment of three GP liaisons and with the hope to add another two before the end of this year. The GP liaisons will work with Dr Tomic to support general practices, PHOs and specialist services in working together. Health in New Zealand needs to be modernised.
The US, UK and Australia have integrated their health care systems so both general practice clinicians and hospital clinicians can easily access a patient’s health history.
“Communication portals across multiple platforms are important for both clinicians and patients. We need to give everyone a choice in how they access health services, especially in the Waikato where our population is spread across large rural areas,” said Tomic.
Tomic and Murray will also be looking to engage with GPs and their views on how to improve primary and secondary integration at the Waikato DHB conference stand.
The conference, held from July 30 – Aug 2 at Claudelands Hamilton, wants people to imagine how general practice will evolve.
The conference website said it is an opportunity to develop their [general practitioners] own ideas with their peers and our speakers and presenters, and to be inspired by the innovations, and break through, being made by others.