Rodney Times : December 14th 2010
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Lasers available for treating glaucoma, retinal disease and secondary cataract. Consultations available at: 181 Shakespeare Rd, Milford and Coastcare, Red Beach • Phone (09) 489 6871 for all appointments Milford Eye Clinic Affiliated Southern Cross Provider 2825340AM Advertising Feature well-being Health& Information sharing on healthcare A major symposium on inno- vation in primary healthcare was recently held in Wellsford. Hosted by Te Whariki Teitei, a partnership for excellence in primary healthcare between Waite- mata DHB and the Coast to Coast Primary Health Organ- isation (PHO), the day-long symposium provided different views on ways to conduct and deliver healthcare. The idea behind the sym- posium was to enable the audience to hear about, and think about, different ways of delivering healthcare and developing a workforce able to work in interdisciplinary teams -- all to produce better health, at lower costs. The speakers, all innovators and leaders, came from a range of different health professions, tertiary education and other indus- tries. Wellsford s own Dr Tim Malloy, from Coast to Coast PHO, gave first hand evi- dence that collaboration between teams of health pro- fessionals can make a signifi- cant difference to people s health. It s the team, not the doctors, that delivers healthcare, he says. In practice, claims Dr Malloy, this means that there are many more nurses than doctors as part of the prac- tice. It is often the nurses who are the frontline respondents when people call. In addition, the practice has podiatrists, physio- therapists and pharmacists in the loop, and works with a range of other local health providers. We share information. We consider ourselves an advanced integrated practice, and Coast to Coast has become an opportunity to do primary healthcare differently, Dr Malloy says. People in healthcare are very capable of working in teams. It s just that you have to break down the power bases to do so. We are getting better at this in health, and it is time that tertiary edu- cation modelled student learning in teams. Director of Te Whariki Teitei and Innovation Man- ager at Waitemata DHB Mary-Anne Boyd says the symposium has provided a platform to share information and to stimulate healthcare practitioners and educators into action to change things for the better. The symposium and the creation of Te Whariki Teitei are part of a real effort by Waitemata DHB to get healthcare out of its historic thinking, she says. Doing things differently and doing different things has been shown in some cases to be better for patients and better for costs and efficiencies. But overcoming inertia or systems that have been in place for years, is difficult. The creation of Te Whariki Teitei is part of Wai- temata DHB s initiative to establish a series of health campus zones around its dis- trict. Te Whariki Teitei is a rural centre of learning, research, workforce and career development designed to reduce avoidable hospital admissions, and help bring about shorter stays in hos- pital with better outcomes, she says. Waitemata DHB is sup- porting the implementation of the government s better, sooner, more convenient poli- cies and the development of integrated family health centres. Are we missing something? By JACQUI FINLAYSON Overworked soils, poor diet, stress and certain health conditions can lead to mineral imbal- ance. For too long minerals have been seen as the poor cousins to vita- mins in the natural health world but did you know your body cannot make minerals? Minerals are electro- lytes and act as the body s conductor from what flows in and out of the cell to how our brain functions to our heart pumping. The activity of enzymes in the digestion of food involves minerals. Taste buds not work- ing so well? Look for a lack of zinc. Our plants and animals benefit from maintaining a proper mineral balance but somehow we forget when it comes to our- selves. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as loa- ding up on a mineral such as calcium. In fact clinical studies were published earlier this year regarding the risk of large dose calcium supplementation in heart disease. Again the word bal- ance is important. For further infor- mation or a mineral assessment it is advis- able to see a registered naturopath. Jacqui Finlayson is a local registered medical herbalist and naturo- path. Your health questions can be directed to naturaljac @xtra.co.nz. Call for volunteers The Heart Foundation is calling for volunteers around New Zealand to lend a hand on Friday February 11 next year, when it hits the streets to collect donations to support its work. To be part of next year s annual appeal team you can call 571-9191 or go to www.heartfoundation.org.nz to register. Volunteers will be required to give up a couple of hours of their time to collect donations at convenient locations in their local community and shopping districts. The 2011 annual appeal campaign focuses on the impact that premature and preventable heart disease has on New Zealand families. To help keep our families and com- munities together for longer, it s more vital than ever that New Zealanders get behind our annual appeal -- heart disease remains the single biggest killer of men and women in New Zea- land and heart attacks are increasing in younger adults, says Darryl Bishop, the Heart Foundation s man- ager of regional operations. With volunteer support we can con- tinue to make great progress towards our goal -- to stop New Zealanders dying prematurely of heart disease, Darryl says. If volunteers pull together an appeal team of six or more people they ll also be given double movie passes and dis- count vouchers for a night at the movies courtesy of Event Cinemas. As a not-for-profit, non-government organisation, the Heart Foundation is reliant on the generous support of everyday New Zealanders. Donations from this year s appeal will be used to support regional activi- ties such as health promotion and work in schools. Stroke numbers reach 'epidemic' Urgent measures are needed to reduce the growing number of stroke victims in New Zealand, according to the director of the new National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neuroscience Professor, Valery Feigin. Strokes cost the country over $450 million per year in hos- pital and rehabilitation- related costs alone. Stroke incidence in New Zealand is the second highest among developed countries and numbers are only increasing. Unlike most other developed countries where stroke incidence has declined by 42 percent over the last three decades, between 1981-2003 stroke inci- dence in New Zealand declined by only 11 percent and only in New Zealand Europeans, Prof Feigin says. In Maori and Pacific people it has increased by 19 percent and 66 percent respectively. Stroke, combined with traumatic brain injury, is the leading cause of disability and death in this country. Stroke mainly affects elderly people and because of New Zealand s ageing population, the number of stroke victims are expected to rise substan- tially, he says. The new National Institute for Stroke and Applied Neurosciences at AUT University is the only national research institute solely dedicated to studying the epidemi- ology and prevention of neurological disorders, which affect one in five New Zealanders. Its primary aim is to conduct research which improves the health and rehabilitation of people with major neurological disorders including stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI). With stroke incidence in Maori and Pacific people on the rise and approaching the level of numbers in low to middle income countries, Prof Feigin s team are cur- rently investigating why stroke affects certain parts of the population. Acquired brain injury including stroke and traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of dis- ability and death in New Zealand and has significant impact, not only on the individual, but also on the immedi- ate family, friends and society. Accurate infor- mation about the true extent and nature of the problem is lacking both in New Zealand and internationally, Prof Feigin says. Buoyed by the suc- cess and recognition of the institute s stroke and applied neuro- science research, the institute has recently generated over $8 million of external funding, attracting sig- nificant Health Re- search Council grants, including one five-year ARCOS (Auckland Regional Community Stroke) IV Programme grant totalling more than $7.3 million, for measuring and reduc- ing stroke burden in New Zealand.
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