Working in partnership to provide health checks a success

by Lydia Mains, Pūkenga Kaiwhakahaere (Site Manager-Motueka) / Pepe Tamariki Pou Tāngata (Service Champion - Mothers and Young Children)

A new initiative in primary industries has been rolled out by the Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) to offer health checks for a selected group. 

Te Piki Oranga Motueka and Te Waka Hauora have been working in partnership to provide health checks at Golden Bay Fruit for 33 staff members. Majority were vulnerable whānau. Miraka Norgate provided health promotion and Sonia Hepi-Treanor offered smoking cessation, Lorraine Staunton and Claire McKenzie were tasked with registrations while Gaynor Rikihana, Karen Davidson and Brenda McQuillan took blood tests. Our newly appointed NetP nurse Amber Ford and myself took blood pressure, weight and height to calculate BMI on day one. After all information was collated we returned to discuss results, any referrals and health outcomes.

This was a very full and productive 2 days and we received lots of positive feedback from all parties involved that couldn't believe such clinical checks were being delivered onsite. I commend the work of the team and thoroughly enjoyed working with a highly competent level of health professionals. Well done!

  From left: Karen Davidson, Amber Ford, Claire McKenzie, Brenda McQuillan, Lydia Mains, Lorraine Staunton, Miraka Norgate and Gaynor Rikihana

From left: Karen Davidson, Amber Ford, Claire McKenzie, Brenda McQuillan, Lydia Mains, Lorraine Staunton, Miraka Norgate and Gaynor Rikihana