Media Release: 12 December 2013

Porirua Action Plan Launch
Sandra Williams, Group Manager Service Integration, SIDU; Martin Hefford, CEO Compass Health; Hon Tony Ryall; Debbie Chin, Acting CEO, CCDHB

The Minister of Health Tony Ryall has just launched the Porirua Social Sector Trial Action Plan, which aims to reduce the number of people needing emergency department care and admission to Wellington Hospital.

Project manager, Ranei Wineera-Parai said: “Porirua is a young vibrant city which has many examples of success in sports, literacy and performance. But there are also parts of the community who are twice as likely to use the emergency department or be admitted to hospital for a condition that could be cared for closer to home if treated early.

“The Porirua Social Sector Trial empowers the Porirua community to work together to better support the health and wellbeing of all each other. This will be achieved by using joined up approaches with community providers and government agencies such as the Police, Health, Education, Justice and Social Development.”

The Action Plan, Tumai Hauora Ki Porirua is based on the community identifying what influences them to use the emergency department and what leads to them being admitted to hospital. The solutions bring together actions across five focus areas including:

  • improving self-management, resilience and wellbeing in residents
  • providing a “well” start in life
  • improving access to primary care in Porirua East and Titahi Bay
  • aligning and co-ordinating information targeted at community groups
  • building supportive environments by improving housing ventilation, and reducing alcohol related injuries.

The Trial has been part funded by CCDHB and, along with the Trial, CCDHB also has a number of initiatives underway in Porirua that focus on reducing disparities. These include frontline work on preventing rheumatic fever in children, holding community wound clinics, a successful immunisation programme, and contributes and partners with other funders to contribute to home insulation initiatives such as WarmUp Capital & Coast.

“Prevention is the key and we are excited about the Trial and the outcomes it could provide the Porirua community. It is also a good opportunity for us to work closely with community representatives, including local government and government agencies,” commented Director of Service Integration and Development Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

Focussing on achieving the Action Plan we will create a ‘Porirua way of doing things’ which works for the community. “We will be able to influence how we support Porirua people to stay well with more co-ordination and being effective with the resources coming into Porirua for the outcome of wellness,” concluded Ranei.

During 2014 there will be a number of community fora where the progress will be presented back to the community.