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Improved Primary Care In Waitemata District Under New PHO Model

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Improved Primary Care In Waitemata District Under New PHO Model

In a move to further improve primary care in the district, Waitemata District Health Board is streamlining the number of Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) from six to two and creating a new Maori organisation.

Under the new model, geographic boundaries will be removed and general practices will be able to choose which PHO they belong to within the Waitemata District.

The decision follows extensive stakeholder consultation which found in favour of the revised model.

Waitemata DHB chairman, Dr Lester Levy, says there is a strong move toward a regional approach around primary care.

"The other two metro DHBs do not have geographically constrained PHOs and have indicated a preference for a district-wide model", says Dr Levy.

The new PHO model supports greater regional collaboration, with DHBs and PHOs moving towards a more collective approach through the Government's Better, Sooner, More Convenient policy which is aimed at providing more healthcare services in the community.

"Now that the consultation has been completed, we are able to focus on our real interests which is shifting more services to primary care and creating a more seamless healthcare system", says Dr Levy.

Patients will still be able to choose their GP, just as they can now, and the new PHO model means they can expect to see further improvements in the overall quality of primary healthcare they receive in the future.

Waitemata DHB will now commence the process of selecting two district-wide PHOs with the aim to recommend the preferred providers at the November Board meeting.

In conjunction with the new PHO model, the Board is looking to announce the formation of a new Maori organisation next month and has stated that it is pleased with the progress already made in this area.

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