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How Taranaki is Leading the Way in Outcomes

Taranaki DHB is regularly one of the best performing DHBs in the country for outcomes measurement collection. Outcomes and clinical information projects officer Graham Donlon attributes this to organisational policies, leadership, staff commitment and effective training.

Graham is passionate about collecting measurements and has been a major driver behind the DHB consistently exceeding national targets for HoNOS compliance.  Graham says, “Good health professionals want to help people get better, but how do you know if our service users are improving if you don’t measure change over time? Outcomes measures, such as the HoNOS tools, can help to show if consumers are improving, remain stable or are deteriorating. Good compliance is needed to ensure there is enough data to analyse so we can determine if the measurements capture the impact the service has on people who use it. It is really important clinical information.”

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 Taranaki Taiohi Health Strategy

Taranaki DHB led the development of the Taranaki Taiohi Health Strategy 2013-2016. The Strategy was guided by a multi-agency Governance Group representative of Ministry of Education (Special Education), Ministry of Social Development, Taranaki DHB, Midland Health Network, National Hauora Coalition and Tui Ora Limited. The Operational Group was diverse with a wide range of participants from various professions and settings across Taranaki. Input from Taiohi was through focus group sessions and a questionnaire. 

Two Strategies have been developed, one for young people and another for agencies. A further supporting background document was developed to provide context to the Strategies priorities.

 In the new year, (2013) and Alliance Charter will be signed by agencies and various organisations that sets the principles on how we will work together to implement the strategy. It's sets not only the foundation for this strategy but for other pieces of work which will be led by various agencies. We will also develop Youth Health Teams that connect the current services and expertise that exists and provide opportunities to leverage change through multi-agency leadership.  We have developed a Results Based Accountability Framework to support the 3 key result areas. The framework includes population and performance indictors that all agencies are accountable for.  This will help us monitor and report on whether we are actually making a difference.

2013-2016 Taranaki Taiohi Health Strategy (Agency Version)   2013-2016 Taranaki Taiohi Health Strategy (Taiohi Version)




Taranaki Adult MH&A Continuum Project

The Mental Health and Addictions Adult Continuum Project has been completed with sign off on the final report. The project was ambitious in its objective to include all of the MH&A services across the entire continuum. The service mix and pathways are multi-tiered and complex and as a result a number of emerging red flag areas and corresponding key recommendations and actions were included. Next Steps - over the next month the recommendations and necessary actions will be formalised through a work plan in conjunction with the sector to support implementation.

Deirdre Mulligan, Consultant Project Manager and Jenny James, Portfolio Manager, Taranaki DHB would like to thank all of the participants to date to get this stage of the work to completion.

Summary & Overview                                      Client Pathway

             Background & Context Document    About the Project                                  


Taranaki CAMHS Continuum Project

The Taranaki CAMHS Continuum project involving DHB provider arm and NGO services has been completed with the sign off of the final report.  Sandra Broadman, GM Planning and Funding stated that it was an excellent piece of work that has provided some clear directions for the Taranaki sector. 

Jenny James, Taranaki Portfolio Manager and Eseta Nonu-Reid, Midland Regional Director would like to thank all of the participants for their commitment to getting this piece of work completed. 

Taranaki CAMHS Continuum of Care Report

Taranaki CAMHS Continuum of Care Appendices