Friday 8th December 2017

Ōpotiki locality planning at a positive crossroad 

A dedicated group of people have been working on future options for sustainable health services in Ōpotiki and whilst external advice and expertise has been applied their aim first and foremost has been to work with the local community and other health providers to develop an integrated model of care.

Supported by the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) and Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance (EBPHA), the Ōpotiki Locality Planning project has reached the stage where a preferred model of care has been agreed. In addition a newly formed Trust, Pae Ora Trust has been formed to assist with the co-ordination and provision of health services in the Ōpotiki district. Membership on this Trust includes Dr Mark Haywood, Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board (Dickie Farrar), Jeremy Luxton, Dr Lailani Mondares and local pharmacists Kerry Nott (Apocathery Ltd).

Dr Mark Haywood from Toi Ora General Practice said: "We have and will continue to work collectively with a number of providers and other interested parties who could play a role in providing an extended range of services within the Ōpotiki district. Pae Ora Trust is happy to work with any other health provider in the area as we bring more health services together." 

The key feature of the new model of care is the manner in which health services will be governed and coordinated by a single entity and include how health care will be managed in the future. "This is part of a longer term vision for the Ōpotiki Health Centre to provide an improved model of urgent and acute care where health professionals work together to provide a dedicated 24/7 urgent care work stream in the future," said Dr Haywood.

The most recent move has been the relocation of the Whakatōhea Health Centre to the Ōpotiki Health Centre. "Working together in one location and bringing together both general practice and other healthcare providers will ultimately improve access to health services and benefit our local community," said BOPDHB Planning and Funding General Manager Simon Everitt. 

"Working towards a coordinated and integrated primary and secondary health service in Ōpotiki is ongoing as more planning and implementation occurs over the next 12-18 months," said EBPHA Chief Executive Michelle Murray. 

Last updated: August 29, 2018