Māori are innovators from way back, and the nHc is continuing this charge
NHC – HE PŪKENGA AUAHA MAI RĀ ANŌ, A HAERE AKE NEI
As an organisation we have celebrated many achievements in the arena of research and innovation.
We invite you to find out more by visiting some of our latest examples of our research and innovation at work:
Mana Tū – Research Programme
Reducing the impact of diabetes
Our Mana Tū programme was co-designed alongside patients with diabetes, clinicians, health service planners and whānau ora providers to improve the impact of whānau living with pre-diabetes and people with poorly controlled diabetes.
Before Mana Tū, despite experiencing a considerable burden of Type 2 diabetes and its complications, no comprehensive management programme had ever been developed for Māori.
Mana Tū is the first such programme to be developed by Māori, for Māori.
The New Zealand Medical Journal recently published a paper describing the rationale behind the development of the Mana Tū programme.
The programme was developed to address a lack of patient knowledge around healthy eating, what medications can do and physical activity. Social barriers are also addressed, such as financial, housing and transport issues that can stop people from living well with their condition.
With moves to replicate aspects of Mana Tū in programmes around New Zealand, it is timely and very encouraging to have our rationale for the programme voiced.
Our Mana Tū programme was awarded the Tūhono Award by the Auckland District Health Board at the 2018 Matariki Awards. This award is given to the team which demonstrates Tūhono (togetherness), by sharing learnings and achievements with colleagues, patients and whānau, to eliminate inequities for Māori populations and improve whānau experiences.
Mōhio – Innovation in Technology
technology for General practises and patients
The development of our Mōhio technology is an example of innovation for our NHC General Practices and Primary Care Organisations.
We have pioneered many tools and apps to encourage business efficiencies. Recently, Toi Whānau Health was launched – the first-ever app for high-needs patients. Designed by the NHC, patients are given a user-friendly digital platform to manage their own health care (and their whānau) in a convenient and secure manner.
We are proud to have developed our products inhouse without any reliance on external vendors.
Evaluation of the Flexible Funding Pool (FFP) Programme
TRANSPARENCY WITH FUNDING
We are the first Primary Health Organisation in the country to evaluate our Flexible Funding Pool.
For potential funders and new practices considering joining us, this is a very transparent and honest summary around how we allocate funding and is a unique point of difference between our organisation and other PHOs.
SECURING THE FUTURE OF OUR WHĀNAU
Mana Kidz is a successful nurse led, school health programme addressing important health issues for eligible tamariki. Mana Kidz is the only programme of its kind in Aotearoa and has achieved many positive outcomes.
The programme offers health and social services (many are free) including:
- Sore throat assessment, treatment and follow up
- Diagnosis and management of skin infections
- Hearing and vision checks
- New entrant immunisations
- Child protection work
- Behavioural and developmental assessmentS