Back in the pavlova paradise
The PHOs in particular seem to be doing some really interesting work by linking GPs, communities and other local health providers, and putting a big emphasis on preventative work.
My favourite story is about a PHO not too far from Wellington (which is where we're staying at the moment). The Lower Hutt PHO launched itself by taking a market stall and exchanging frozen chickens for packets of cigarettes as part of a cessation campaign. They ceremonially burnt 50 packets of fags at the end of the day.
More importantly, one of their GPs is passionate about better parenting, so they've started subsidising parenting classes.
It's also going to be really interesting to visit a Marae in Auckland, a Maori settlement that delivers a wide range of education services, including a Kohanga Reo - a language nursery that teaches young people to speak Maori. To what extent do Maori perspectives offer distinctive approaches to public services?
We're in Wellington for the rest of the week, then we head to Auckland and Christchurch. Get in touch if there are things you think we should go and see. Or if you just want to know whether we pulled off the futures exercise we're doing with 100 people on Wednesday.
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