Promoting and enhancing more connected care across the health system is the aim of a new series of integrated care forums being launched collaboratively by Southern DHB and WellSouth PHO.

The forums are a new means to bring together clinicians in primary and secondary, as well other allied healthcare providers to discuss ways to improve healthcare delivery in the Southern district.

The first forums on the subject of HealthPathways will take place later this month in Dunedin (Monday 22 May), Invercargill (Tuesday 23 May) and Cromwell (Wednesday 24 May).

“Our ultimate goal is to provide better healthcare services to the people and communities of Otago and Southland,” says Dr Nigel Millar, Chief Medical Officer, Southern DHB.  “This means a more connected system that values patients time, provides care closer to home, makes best use of resources.” 

These forums are the first of a series that will be hosted every few months at different locations across the district. Other topics of interest may include telemedicine, collaborative care, and prescribing. Organisers welcome suggestions for other subjects that could be covered.

Dr Stephen Graham, Clinical Advisor with WellSouth added, “I am looking forward to participating in the forums with my colleagues in primary care and with the Southern DHB. The time is right to take a whole-of-system view of healthcare services and I have no doubt some really great ideas will arise during these series of forums over the next year.”