Friday 21 March 2014
Accreditation Official Endorsement of Turanga Health's Services
Patients looked after by Turanga Health can rest assured that when they come into contact withTuranga Health staff and programmes they are in safe hands.
Turanga Health has proved itself to be a fully roadworthy health organisationhaving being awarded the equivalent of a "warrant of fitness" certificate from New Zealand health audit agency DAA*.
Known as accreditation, it’s a testing process for an organisation. It’s like signing up for a voluntary warrant of fitness and getting recognition that the organisation is performing well, says Turanga Health CEO Reweti Ropiha.
Depending on the level of quality an organisation demonstrates, it can earn accreditation for anything between one and four years.Turanga Health has earned four-year accreditation.
"We wanted to go through the accreditation programme so we knew our whānau and patients were getting the best possible care. We did this for them. They deserve the best and our team has proved that our care is definitely that," says Mr Ropiha.
“The idea of accreditation is to improve the quality of health organisations in New Zealand. To achieve it, it takes months of self-assessmentof your processes. And it’s about finding any areas that need ironing out,”added Mr Ropiha.
Turanga Health Quality Manager Shirley Keown said achieving the four-year accreditation has taken months of team effort.
"We have tested ourselves against the highest standards in New Zealand. It's taken months and months to do. It's huge.”
She says going through accreditation meant if a problem was found, the organisation couldfix it and make things even better. It’s the second time Turanga Health has been through the DAA accreditation process. The first was four years ago and Turanga Health performed well, necessitating only minor recommendations to processes and completing the periodic review.
Accreditors came for two days in December 2013 and because this was the second round of accreditation DAA set the bar high, says Ms Keown. DAA auditors looked at many processes, policies and procedures including the way Turanga Health maintains the privacy of personal health information; access for whānau with disabilities; recalling tamariki for immunisation; job descriptions; orientation; infection control; and ongoing educational activities for staff. Many of these match up with goals in the Turanga Health Quality Plan.
Ms Keown now has the pleasurable job now of organising for half a dozen large accreditation certificates to be framed and displayed around Turanga Health’s buildings for the public and staff to reflect on.
*The DAA Group is one of New Zealand’s leading providers of quality and risk management auditing services to the health and disability sector. For more information see http://www.daagroup.co.nz/
For more information contact:
Turanga Health CEO Reweti Ropiha: (06) 869 0457 or 027 283 2030.
Thursday 23 January 2014
3 on 3 Basketball taking Gisborne and NZ by storm
Gisborne is joining the nationwide craze this summer with a ‘3 on 3’ basketball tournament at the YMCA, Friday 24 January 2014.
The Gisborne competition is aimed at keeping teenagers busy during another hot day of summer. It coincides with Basketball New Zealand’s 3x3 National Tour which tips off the same weekend in Auckland.
Gisborne hasn’t made it on the national tour schedule so Turanga Health has organised a battle of the neighbourhoods for the locals. “Enter for fun with your mates and see who will come out on top. There’s a major prize up for grabs,” says Turanga Health organiser Shane Luke.
3 on 3 basketball is a global phenomenon. “Basketball New Zealand statistics show basketball is the leading participation sport for Kiwi kids aged 5-18, but not all of them play in formal competitions. The national tour and our local competition are taking it to the next level,” says Mr Luke.
3 on 3 is a form of the game where New Zealand has already enjoyed success. Tall Blacks Isaac Fotu, Rueben Te Rangi and Tai Webster combined to help capture the inaugural FIBA Youth 3X3 World Championship in 2011.
“With the international basketball federation pushing to have it included in the 2020 Olympics, it’s a game that’s growing in popularity and we hope Gisborne is included in the national competition next year.” Basketball New Zealand is expanding the competition to 12 centres next year and 14 centres after that.
Mr Luke said the appeal of 3 on 3 is that it is fast, easy to play, and no one is left warming the bench!
Saturday’s tournament follows on from a successful Term 4 basketball programme in some of this region’s intermediate and secondary schools; and last year’s New Zealand Breakers tour of Gisborne - both organised by Turanga Health.
Tournament games will be 10 minutes and played on a half court. It starts at 3pm and will be a round robin, followed by finals. Register your mixed or single sex teams one of four ways: at the YMCA 2.30pm on the day, by ringing Turanga Health on (06) 869 0457, at the Turanga Health Derby St office, or on facebook.com/turangahealth.
Fruit and water will be available on the day and Turanga Health is looking for young volunteers to help with registration, scoring, and other tournament tasks.
For more information contact Shane Luke (06) 869 0457 or 027 702 6455.
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