Health improvement is in our DNA

Against a backdrop of an ageing population and the complexities, co-morbidities and prevalence of long term health conditions, it became apparent by the end of the first decade of the new millennium that healthcare systems needed to change. The ongoing challenge of rising patient demand against tight financial constraints is being felt worldwide. We simply can no longer afford to continue to do things the same way.

Counties Manukau Health (CMHealth) are no exception. Serving one of the fastest-growing, most socio-economically disadvantaged populations in New Zealand, they had to find new ways of thinking about healthcare service provision to maintain a high standard of care for the people of Counties Manukau.

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Within their own staff, there was already a wealth of knowledge and expertise from which C M Health could harness experience and ideas and, working collaboratively with likeminded organisations within New Zealand and the rest of the world, they could develop and deliver improved health for their community.

In 2011, C M Health brought together a team of frontline change-makers to lead innovation and improvement that would transform systems and delivery quality care to communities locally, nationally and internationally. That team formed Ko Awatea.

At Ko Awatea, we understand that to meet the increasing demands on the health system we need to shift from intervention to prevention – from reactive care to proactive health promotion. Ko Awatea develop leadership for improvement, build will, create new ways of thinking and execute change programmes, whilst continuously building capability to improve system wide processes.

Building networks at all levels and in all sectors, we are not only innovators and facilitators, but also a connecting force that brings the healthcare industry together to advance innovation and quality improvement for the betterment of our communities and populations. And one of the ways we do that is through our APAC Forum.