Queenstown's health watchdog is searching for new
trustees to preserve the mothballed Wakatipu Health Trust for
The Wakatipu Heath Reference Panel said in its annual report
for 2012, released this week, it had three areas where it
wanted to ensure progress in the next 12 months. Finding
trustees to continue operating the trust was one of those
The trust, a proactive and vocal champion of healthcare
provision in the Wakatipu, announced its intention to disband
in October 2011 after eight years, in favour of the incoming
panel. However, members of the panel recognised it was not
established to fundraise and the structure of the trust was
suitable for future fundraising needs.
''There will ... need to be individuals found from our
community that are willing to take up the challenge of
fundraising and put themselves forward as potential trustees
for this trust,'' the annual report said.
Interested people could contact any of the panel members: Ms
van Uden, community representatives Martin Hawes and Tony
Hill, primary care clinicians' representative Dr Elinor
Slater, secondary care clinicians' representative Dr James
Reid and Southern District Health Board finance and funding
executive director Robert Mackway-Jones.
Another area for future progress was the development of a
longer-term health services plan for Central Otago. An
initial draft will be available in June or July this year and
the panel understood the Southern DHB would open it to the
public for comment.
''One of its purposes was to clearly outline where services
will be located to meet the needs of the communities in the
region,'' the report said.
''This will ensure there is not a duplication of services and
each health dollar is spent wisely, delivering services
appropriate to our communities' needs.''
The third area identified for progress was ''integrated
information systems'', a Southern DHB action it had already
recognised and started work to achieve.
''We wish to add our voice to the need to enhance what is
currently provided as we have no doubt this will provide
benefits for our community both in terms of easier access to
health services through the free flow of information between
all parties,'' the report said.