SIA - Whangarei

Services to Improve Access (SIA) is a fund to help people to have easy access to health care. Below is the list of services in Whangarei that are funded by SIA.

Social Workers in General Practice
SIA funding enables social work roles in three Manaia Health PHO General Practices.
The Social Workers’ role is to work with individuals and whānau to support the management of illness and/or disability and associated issues.
They work closely with the medical and nursing staff to provide professional and effective social assessment, planning and interventions as part of a general practice multi-disciplinary team. The key focus of these positions is to restore individual, whānau and community wellbeing for patients who access general practice, working within a social/environmental model of care.

Te Hau Awhiowhio Health Centre
The key objective of this health service is to improve health outcomes for the people of Otangarei by removing barriers and enhancing access to health services for the predominantly Māori population.
Three roles are funded through SIA: a Primary Health Care Nurse, working alongside a Community Health Worker, providing an important link between the Health Centre and the community, and a Health Promoter who provides focused health promotion activities which support and enhance service delivery. Further funding is provided to support Te Puawaitanga O Otangarei in the area of long-term service sustainability.

Alternative Education Schools and He Maatariki Teen Parent Unit
SIA funding enables a Primary Health Care Nurse (PHCN) and Youth Worker to be employed and provide services in Alternative Education and He Mataariki Teen Parent School. The PHCN role sits within the Iwi Nursing service of Ki A Ora Ngātiwai and provides a coordinated, culturally appropriate and accessible primary health care nursing service to the students.
The Youth Worker role supports the role of the PHCN role and focusses on enhancing self-responsibility and self-care with the students. This is achieved by working in partnership with the students, their whānau and AE/HM tutors, and other health and social agencies, supporting young people within the Manaia Health PHO boundaries.

Healthy Housing Third Party Funding
SIA funding provides Manaia Health PHO’s third party funding contribution for the Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau project. More information about this significant project can be found in the Annual Report.

Women's Refuge
The two Whangarei Women’s Refuges work with increasing numbers of women and children, both self and agency referred, with higher and more complex needs, requiring immediate and intensive ongoing support.
SIA funding is provided to enable access to health care, including emergency dental care for women and children under the care of Women’s Refuge.

School-Based Youth Health Services
SIA funds Doctor Clinics in most of the Whangarei High Schools as well as the two Kaipara High Schools.
This enables easy access to a free, culturally appropriate, youth-friendly secondary school-based health service for young people in the Whangarei and Kaipara areas who do not, or choose not to access health care elsewhere.

Manaaki Manawa
Manaaki Manawa Cardiac Rehabilitation Service is managed by Ngāti Hine Health Trust.
The Kaupapa Māori service provides support and management of cardiac patients in the community.

Whakamana Whanau Family Violence ProjectThe aim of this project was to fund a Co-ordinator to support General Practices to gain skills allowing them to contribute to reducing the health harm of family violence, by enhancing General Practice policy and systems, as well as determining referral pathways and training.
Since the project commenced in February 2010, Child Abuse and Neglect and Partner Abuse policies and related Medtech advanced forms have been developed.These forms are available to all General Practices and other providers associated with Manaia Health PHO. Basic training involves: rationale for the policy and tools; skills practice; and, most importantly the opportunity to meet staff from abuse support agencies and groups that assist families.
SIA funding for this project ceased in February 2013.
While the Co-ordinator is no longer employed, the role created the base for work that continues in General Practice.