Now in its third year the Whakakotahi 2019 challenge is open to applications for initiatives from all primary care providers.
The first challenge drew 16 applications with three successful projects selected for Whakakotahi 2017 with providers including a union health services, a marae clinic and a regional collective and with the projects focusing on managing gout, diabetes and post-coronary stent patients following discharge.
Last year the number of applicants grew to 22 with six challenge project teams selected from Auckland to the West Coast including a pharmacy-based project, a Pacific provider, a Māori provider and several collective proposals. The 2018 projects including reducing respiratory-related hospitalisations for young Māori and Pacific, several looking to support improved self-management and health literacy for people with chronic conditions and a Māori workplace wellness service.
Applicants must support the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s three primary care strategic priority areas of equity, consumer engagement and integration. This year for the first time the Commission is also partnering with Pharmac so three of the up to 12 selected projects are to include a medicine access equity focus. All primary health providers are eligible to apply including general practice, community pharmacy, Māori health, Pacific health, other primary care providers without a general practice focus as well as collaborations between providers and their local primary health organisations and/or district health board.
The selected improvement teams come together for three group learning events for quality improvement teaching and workshops, idea sharing, and networking. Between these group learning events, the Commission’s quality improvement advisor and project manager provided virtual (eg, teleconference calls, webinars) and on-site support and mentoring to the improvement teams, as needed.
Some funding will be available from the Commission to support each team’s improvement work.
In addition, a scholarship is offered to enable one team member from each of the successful Whakakotahi 2019 projects to participate in the 10-month-long primary care improvement facilitator course that is delivered by Ko Awatea.
Applications close on August 31 2018 for the 2019 challenges. More information and application forms can be found here.