Southern Innovation Challenge winners announced

Innovation Challenge winners Virginia McCall and Vanessa Pullan with Chris Fleming
Innovation Challenge winners Virginia McCall and Vanessa Pullan with Chris Fleming
Southern DHB will fund a feasibility study into the establishment of community care cottages for people living with dementia in Central Otago, after the idea won the 2018 Southern Innovation Challenge.

There were four other winning projects:

• The installation of virtual health clinics in Dunedin’s six Antidote Pharmacies, linking directly to cloud-based health service, Maihealth;
• The establishment of a Dunedin Hospital Clinical Skills Lab for similation teaching;
• The development of a range of resources to support productive and collaborative working relationships between healthcare staff;
• The production of a series of videos about common diagnostic procedures, including scans by ultrasound, CT and MRI, for patients to watch ahead of their scheduled appointments.

Southern Innovation Challenge is an annual competition encouraging SDHB staff to bring ideas forward to help improve health services, to introduce new projects and programmes and ways of working.

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Education and Research Centre planned for Southland Hospital.

Construction is underway on a new education and research centre in Invercargill, to support the large numbers of University of Otago staff and students on placement at Southland Hospital.

The University is developing the $1.5 million Health Sciences Southland Education and Research Centre in partnership with the Southern District Health Board.

Numerous medical, nursing, allied health and health science students particiate in training and have placements at Southland Hospital each year.

Currently, there is just one room available to cater for all learning, teaching, research and administration activities for the students and staff.

Southern DHB chief executive Chris Fleming says the University’s investment in the Southland campus illustrates a shared vision of maximising the linkages between the DHB and the university across the region.

“This new centre reflects the importance of Southland Hospital in the southern health system,” Mr Fleming says. “We’re delighted to partner with the University in this venture. Investing in the health professionals of the future can only help improve outcomes for patients.”

Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgical Sciences and Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Southland Hospital, Konrad Richter, says the development will foster high-quality teaching and cooperative research projects throughout Southland and Otago.

It is expected the Centre will be operational from February next year.

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