Expertise for a healthier New Zealand

Counties Manukau DHB is the District Health Board responsible for providing publicly funded health services in South Auckland.  It has a population of over 400,000 people, including substantial numbers of poor and Maori, and the largest Pacific population in NZ.  Its main hospital is at Middlemore.

PHOcus on Health has been called on by a number of areas of the DHB, including Maori Health, Planning & Funding, Mental Health Development and Primary Care Development.   Projects for these departments have included:

  • Training/facilitation for Maori Health staff re measuring health outcomes in a Maori context
  • Project management of regional mental health information systems development (Counties Manukau DHB on behalf of the 3 Auckland area DHBs)
  • Development an evaluation framework for Mental Health development
  • Project management of the Camberwell Assessment of Need across three DHBs
  • Evaluation of HealthPoint website
  • Evaluation of Primary Options for Acute Care programme

In addition PHOcus on Health’s Dr Jocelyn Tracey was one of the author’s of the original “Chronic Care Management Strategic Plan” document in 2001.  PHOcus on Health team members have continued to be called on to analyse, critique, price, evaluate, or further develop, various aspects of CMDHB’s Chronic Care Management (CCM) programme.

  • Evaluation of enablers/blocks to patient attendance at the CCM programme
  • Preparation of business plans & budgets for CCM programme for inclusion in DHB’s District Annual Plan (DAP)
  • Scoping of the inclusion of mental health (depression) in the CCM programme
  • Implementation plan re CVD & diabetes risk screening
  • Analysis of, and recommendations concerning, the interface between the CCM programme and Care Plus
  • Policy paper on the pros & cons of accepting Pharmaceutical Company Sponsorship of the DHB’s CCM programme
  • Independent reviews of the pricing of the CCM programme
  • Analysis of, and options paper regarding, CCM governance arrangements

This ongoing involvement with the DHB has enabled PHOcus on Health to develop an understanding of DHB systems, good relationships with key staff, and an in depth knowledge of DHB programmes, including chronic disease management and mental health. As a result the DHB is able to call on PHOcus on Health for assistance with new projects knowing that preliminary orientation will be brief and assistance will be well focused.