Lifting performance

As part of its Women’s Health Transformation Project which began in August 2015, the DHB commissioned an external management and clinical review to recommend how it can improve its maternity, obstetric and gynaecological services to women in the Waikato. 

This review focused on the outstanding training recommendations from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). It also looked at identifying ways of improving our maternity, obstetric and gynaecological services, including better use of resources, building a culture of excellence, strengthening training, education and research capabilities, and continuing the good work being done in maternity quality and safety. 

The review was published ( December 2015) .
Lifting Performance and Achieving Sustainability [PDF, 420 KB] - executive summary

It recommended setting up a taskforce to implement an action plan that will help the DHB transform its service and regain the RANZCOG accreditation for junior doctor training that was removed from December 2015.

A commissioner, Tanya Maloney, has been appointed (in February 2016) to lead the taskforce that will implement the proposal.

The taskforce members are:

  • Dr John Tait, Clinical Director Capital and Coast DHB, Vice President of RANZCOG
  • Dr David Graham , Clinical Unit Leader, Child Health, Waikato DHB
  • Deb Pittam, President NZ College of Midwives, Midwifery Leader Northland DHB
  • Kate Weston, Professional Nurse Advisor, NZ Nurses Organisation
  • Sharni Budd, Consumer Advisor, Member of Waikato Maternity Quality Safety Programme
  • Independent Board Director, to be advised

A proposal to change the team structure and medical service delivery within Women’s Health was developed and, after a period of consultation and submissions, finalised and approved.