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Learn about some of our latest initiatives below

PROVIDING DEFIBRILLATORS TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

In partnership with the Order of St John, we have placed 45 Defibrillators (AED units) into Hawke’s Bay locations that were identified by St John as not having ready access to the equipment. The importance of rapid access to the equipment in the event of a heart trauma was the key driver of this initiative. We warmly and enthusiastically acknowledge the support and efforts of local St John personnel who helped to drive this project.

GOOD NEWS STORY
We have recently received a good news story from Jamie Sinclair, a director of Jamrac Events Limited. Jamrac runs multi-sport and similar events in Hawkes Bay.

At a recent event one of the competitors collapsed and required urgent medical assistance. “The event included a number of medically trained participants who provided immediate assistance but it was the portable AED which proved the difference” said Jamie.

We understand the competitor has made a good recovery. Jamie expressed sincere thanks to the medics involved and to the Royston Health Trust for the AED initiative.

HELPING TO GET A HEALTH AND SPORTS CENTRE OFF THE GROUND

We have provided financial support, by way of capital donation and short-term loan funding, to the Hawke’s Bay Community Fitness Centre Trust (HBCFCT). This was to facilitate the fundraising campaign for the  new health and sports centre being built at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park. The construction of this facility will enable the HBCFCT to embark on its proposed Schools Healthy Lifestyles programme and undertake obesity related research within the community. This long-term vision to understand and improve child health in the region sits well with our vision of a healthier Hawke’s Bay.

ENDOMETRIOSIS EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

The symptoms of endometriosis can have significant negative implications for a woman’s physical, mental, economic, social, educational and cultural wellbeing, and is associated with compromised fertility. Yet there is often a long delay from the onset of symptoms to diagnosis and referral to a specialist. For the past five years we have supported Endometriosis New Zealand with its educational programme (and supporting phone clinic) in Hawke’s Bay secondary schools to provide awareness and support for students. The aim of the programme is to support early intervention and diagnosis.

PRIMARY CARE SYMPOSIUM

This inaugural symposium, organised by Health Hawke’s Bay Primary Health Organisation (PHO), was held on the 8th and 9th September 2018 at the Napier Conference Centre. Over 280 delegates from the primary health care community including receptionists, nurses, general practitioners, business managers and chief executives attended the event. The PHO hosted over 60 speakers delivering a wide range of presentations on clinical and non-clinical topics. A round robin clinical skills session allowed clinicians to practice minor surgical skills, joint injection tips and tricks as well as practical fracture management and plastering skills. The event received very positive feedback from attendees. People particularly enjoyed that the event was unique to, and focused on, Hawke’s Bay. They also enjoyed the opportunity to network with their peers and secondary care colleagues in the forums. The Royston Health Trust was one of the sponsors of the symposium.

EXPLORING NEW WAYS OF CARING FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN

The Ngātahi Project aims to assess the skills and development needs of health, education and social service professionals in Hawke’s Bay who are working predominantly or exclusively with vulnerable children and families.  Over a three year period Ngātahi and its partners will design, implement and evaluate a workforce development plan to support practitioners.  By improving practitioners’ competencies, including their ability to practice collaboratively and share information, outcomes for vulnerable children and their families should improve.

The trust is providing funds to the Ngātahi Project to:

  • Specifically support bringing in expert clinician academics to teach the evidence-based assessments and interventions.
  • Train local clinical leaders to continue that training long-term (so the project is sustainable into the future).
  • Help develop programmes to embed the new competencies into practice.
  • Evaluate the impact of the new competencies on clinical outcomes.

UPGRADE OF RESIDENTIAL ADDICTION TREATMENT FACILITY

The Royston Health Trust is providing funding assistance for the final redevelopment stage of the Hawkes Bay Addiction Centre Trust owned facility, known as “Springhill” and located in Morris St Napier.

The Hawkes Bay District Health Board (DHB) lease the facility and run residential alcohol and drug and rehabilitation programmes from the site. The DHB programmes see clients reside at the centre for eight weeks. Each attendee commits to the programme voluntarily, all have a large vulnerability and require treatment in a safe and therapeutic environment.  Springhill provides that environment and is a unique and valued asset in the treatment of addictions in Hawke’s Bay.

NEW AMBULANCE CENTRE FOR NAPIER

A project enabling St John to build a fit for future “One St John” building, which incorporates a new ambulance station and community hub, is being supported by the Royston Health Trust.

There have been significant changes in the provision of ambulance services over the past 20 years with much higher incident volumes, increased staffing levels to meet “double crewing” requirements and a new “hub and spoke” ambulance service delivery model. The new build will also meet earthquake safety requirements.