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As each initiative is developed and implemented we will bring you up-to-date news about the individual projects.
 

Media Releases

 
Media releases and updates are listed in date order below.
If you have any questions or need further help with regards to the centralAlliance (Central Alliance), please contact the MidCentral DHB Communications Unit.
 
16/12/2015 - Christmas festive fare is in Santa’s sleigh for patients in Palmerston North, and Whanganui Hospitals, and Horowhenua Health Centre at Christmas. >>> read more >>>
 
24/07/2015 - A recently released health needs assessment report confirms that the population living across the  combined Whanganui/MidCentral District Health Board (DHB) region requires higher levels of healthcare than populations in most parts of New Zealand. >>> read more >>>
 
17/12/2014 - With the less than perfect weather lately, thoughts of delicious BBQ meals on the deck have probably been delayed. However, when the sun does decide to stay out, and you do fire it up for the first meal of the year, take the time to consider food safety >>> read more >>>
 
12/12/2014 - Hospital patients staying at Palmerston North or Wanganui Hospitals on Christmas Day will be treated to some yummy ham, turkey, roast lamb and chicken, and vegetable festive meals. >>> read more >>>
 
12/11/2014 - Thirty seven orderlies at Palmerston North and Wanganui Hospitals yesterday graduated with nationally recognised certificates, after a year of study. >>> read more >>>
 
06/10/2014 - A series of stakeholder interviews will take place over the next few months, as Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs (WDHB and MDHB) turn their attention to developing a joint strategic plan to provide a roadmap for the future of their working relationship under the centralAlliance. >>> read more >>>
 
11/08/2014 - The Regional Women’s Health Service (RWHS) developed and implemented by the Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards has marked its first full year of operation with both boards agreeing that progress made to date has been positive. >>> read more >>>
 
08/08/2014 - Spring brings to mind the season of new growth and new life, especially down on the farm where thousands of lambs and calves will soon appear.  Some of these delightful new arrivals will be enthusiastically chosen for school and rural pet days, as has been the country Kiwi-kid culture for generations. Others will be reared for commercial purposes. >>> read more >>>
 
30/07/2014 - MidCentral DHB and Whanganui DHB populations have higher proportions of groups with higher health needs (Maori, social-economically disadvantaged people, and older people) compared to New Zealand, a health needs assessment of the regions has found. >>> read more >>>
  
20/12/2013 - Whanganui midwives are urging pregnant women, or those planning to become pregnant, to take note and act on a five-point pregnancy safety checklist they’ve recently had placed on the back of a local Tranzit bus. >>> read more >>>
 
13/12/2013 - For most of  us it’s well into the bbq season, but if you are only firing up the bbq for the first time at Christmas/New Year then you need to consider aspects of food safety so your guests don’t get the dreaded ‘Christmas bbq -belly’. >>> read more >>>
 
12/12/2013 - It’s Christmas, and you, your families and friends, will probably have a few drinks. A few drinks can be hospitable and cheerful but we all know that a few too many can cause problems. 
 
11/12/2013 - Roast lamb and turkey with homemade stuffing and gravy, served with roast vegetables is one of the lunch options for patients spending Christmas Day at Palmerston North or Wanganui Hospitals. >>> read more >>>
 
11/12/2013 - centralAlliance DHB’s are asking Whanganui and Manawatu residents to be very careful when playing or working close to water this summer. >>> read more >>>
 
18/11/2013 - Wanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (DHBs) are warning property owners thinking of renovating or painting their houses over summer to remember they could find themselves removing paint which has lead in it.  >>> read more >>>
 
13/11/2013 - Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Board (DHBs) chairs and chief executives set time aside early this week to re-sign their centralAlliance agreement and reaffirm their commitment to work in partnership on a range of projects that will benefit the region.
 
29/05/2013 - Recently appointed Whanganui-based Maternity Quality Coordinator Angela Adam is delighted the Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (DHBs) chose to sit her role across both districts. >>> read more >>>
 
16/05/2013 - Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (DHBs) have launched a joint review of their Medical Imaging Services to help them understand and define the needs of both DHB populations, now and into the future. >>> read more >>>
 
27/03/2013 - Regional oncology social work director settles in | Making sure she meets with most, if not all, social workers employed across the Whanganui and MidCentral region is a top priority for recently appointed regional oncology social work director Sue Wragg. >>> read more >>>
 
12/12/2012 - WDHB votes for Regional Women’s Health Service | Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) members agreed today that the Regional Women’s Health Service (RWHS) Development Plan will be implemented. >>> read more >>>
 
15/11/2012 - Regional Women’s Health Development Plan for Board Committee consideration | A development plan to support the implementation of the Regional Women’s Health Service between Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards was released today and is being discussed at this month’s respective board committee meetings. >>> read more >>>

29/08/2012 - WDHB and MidCentral DHB's benefit from two new regional Allied Health positions | Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards' first appointed autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) coordinators are confident that children with autism, and their families, are benefitting from the region's new ASD service. >>> read more >>>
  
29/08/2012 - WDHB welcomes new dementia e-learning tool and resources | Family, friends and health staff working with older adults affected by dementia, depression and anxiety have a new online resource to tap into. >>> read more >>>
  
06/07/2012 - Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs determine Regional Women’s Health Service process | Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards have directed their clinicians and management to draw up a development plan and specifications for the Regional Women’s Health Service (RWHS). >>> read more >>>
   
26/06/2012 - MDHB supports WDHB decision on maternity service | MidCentral District Health Board today acknowledged and supported Whanganui DHB’s decision last Friday to support option 2, a regional women’s health service with secondary maternity and gynaecology services provided from both Whanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals, supported by a consultant O&G 24/7 rosters provided by DHB employed doctors. >>> read more >>>
 
18/06/2012 - Boards to consider three Regional Women’s Health Service options | The Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (WDHB and MDHB) are to consider three options for the Regional Women's Health Service (RWHS) plan. >>> read more >>>
 
10/05/2012 - Submissions close on Regional Women’s Health Service proposal | The chief executive officers of Whanganui District Health Board Julie Patterson, and MidCentral District Health Board Murray Georgel thank all the individuals, groups and organisations who took the time to lodge submissions on the proposed Regional Women’s Health Service. >>> read more >>>
 
03/05/2012 - Week left to provide feedback on the Regional Women’s Health Service Proposal | One week remains for people and groups to put in their submissions on the proposed service model for the Regional Women’s Health Service proposal issued by MidCentral, and Whanganui District Health Boards. >>> read more >>>
 
19/04/2012 - Regional Women’s Health Service public meeting allowed for public feedback | Maternity Services came under the spotlight last night when over 50 people attended a public meeting. The meetings purpose was to discuss the proposal to reconfigure Women’s Health Services across the MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Boards and allow members of the public the opportunity to share their opinions. >>> read more >>>
 
10/04/2012 - Regional Women’s Health Service Public Meeting | MidCentral District Health Board is hosting a public meeting at 7pm on Wednesday 18 April at Palmerston North Hospital to discuss the Regional Women’s Health Service proposal and allow members of the public the opportunity to share their opinions. >>> read more >>>
 
02/04/2012 - Another Month to Provide Feedback on the Regional Women’s Health Service Proposal | Interest in the proposed service model for the Regional Women’s Health Service proposal issued by MidCentral and Whanganui DHBs has been considerable with more than 450 submissions (including a large number of postcards/petition) received so far. For those people who are still to give their feedback they have been given another four more weeks to do so. >>> read more >>>
 
12/03/2012 - Public feedback invited for proposed RWHS changes | The public is invited to provide feedback over the next month on the proposed Regional Women’s Health Service changes involving Whanganui, and MidCentral District Health Boards. >>> read more >>>
 
08/02/2012 - DHBs to consider a proposal for changes to maternity services | The Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards (WDHB and MDHB) will shortly be considering a proposal to make changes to the Regional Women’s Health Service. >>> read more >>>
 
17/01/2012 - WDHB dietitians join their MDHB colleagues under new contract | Whanganui residents requiring dietary advice now have access to a significantly larger, more comprehensive dietetics service. >>> read more >>> 
 
16/12/2011 - Roast lamb and chicken on Christmas Day menu | Roast lamb and chicken served with roast vegetables, baby carrots and beans; steamed plum pudding with brandy sauce; or sugar free jelly and fruit, will be served to patients spending Christmas Day at Wanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals. >>> read more >>> 
 
21/09/2011 - MidCentral and Whanganui Alliance Growing | The alliance between MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Boards continues to grow, benefiting both communities, say respective Board Chairs Phil Sunderland and Kate Joblin. >>> read more >>> 
 
27/07/2011 - centralAlliance Allied Health efforts in good heart says director | The benefits that people will gain from changes that Whanganui DHB and MidCentral DHB Allied Health staff are making to their health services, cannot be underestimated,  says Regional Director Allied Health Kim Fry. >>> read more >>>
 
27/07/2011 - First centralAlliance Clinical Leaders Forum sets priorities | Whanganui and MidCentral communities can be assured their health needs are in good hands says Allied Health Regional Director Kim Fry - one of nine senior clinicians appointed to the newly established centralAlliance Clinical Leaders Forum. >>> read more >>> 
 
12/07/2011 - First joint health needs assessment of Whanganui, and MidCentral DHB residents | A report on the health status of Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Board (DHBs) residents has found that while mortality rates have improved, the rates for WDHB residents were consistently higher than MDHB and national rates. >>> read more >>> 
 
15/06/2011 - Spotless Services staff celebrate Stepping Stones graduation | Seven Palmerston North Hospital-based Spotless Services staff were supported by friends, colleagues and family members at lunchtime yesterday to celebrate their completion of the new Stepping Stones literacy, language and numeracy skills course. >>> read more >>>
 
02/06/2011 - Wanganui and Palmerston North Hospital patients receive ‘red tray’ meal time help |  Patients in Wanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals needing help opening their food, or needing help and encouragement to eat at meal times are now getting that help through a “red tray” initiative started last year. >>> read more >>>   
 
13/05/2011 - Joint women’s surgical initiative ‘very worthwhile’ | A joint MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Board gynaecological surgery initiative that offered women from MidCentral District Health Board (MDHB) district the chance to have their surgery done earlier at Wanganui Hospital has been a very worthwhile project. >>> read more >>> 
 
10/05/2011 - O&G returns to hospital, now keen to teach others | MidCentral Health has welcomed a sixth consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist to its regional women’s health team, which includes Whanganui District Health Board. >>> read more >>>
 
09/05/2011 - Proposed change to retinal screening services is considered by MDHB | A proposal to create a district-wide, community-based retinal screening service is being considered by MidCentral District Health Board. >>> read more >>>
 
06/04/2011 - Independent assessor credentials Wanganui Hospital’s ophthalmology department | Wanganui Hospital’s ophthalmology department recently became the first Wanganui medical service to be credentialed by an independent assessor from within the centralAlliance. >>> read more >>>
 
06/04/2011 - MDHB patient ‘Treated like Royalty’ in Wanganui Hospital | A MidCentral District Health Board patient, one of around 100 women so far offered clinical care including surgery, at Wanganui Hospital, feels she was ‘treated with respect and dignity’ on the day. >>> read more >>>
 
03/03/2011 - WDHB and MDHB Share Same Midwifery Advisor | The first urology operations provided under Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs’ broadened, regional urology service were performed at Wanganui Hospital last week. >>> read more >>>
 
21/02/2011 - First centralAlliance urology operations performed in Wanganui | The first urology operations provided under Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs’ broadened, regional urology service were performed at Wanganui Hospital last week. >>> read more >>>
 
14/02/2011 - Shared Security Services | centralAlliance partners Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards now have a joint security and fire risk management position. >>> read more >>> 
 
23/12/2010 - Regional Urology Service to start in New Year | Urology services for Whanganui, and MidCentral DHBs will be provided on a regional basis from February 2011. >>> read more >>> 
 
12/09/2010 - New initiative provides Otaki, Horowhenua, Manawatu and Tararua women quicker access to women’s surgical services | Some MidCentral District Health Board patients now have the option of receiving some women’s health surgical procedures sooner thanks to the shared regional women’s health service with Whanganui DHB. >>> read more >>>
 
09/08/2010 - Good Start to Joint Contract | MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Board’s new joint contract with Spotless Services has successfully commenced this week. >>> read more >>>
 
22/07/2010 - Shared Clinical Technology | A shared clinical information system for the management and audit of existing colposcopy services for women using the Regional Women’s Health Service of Whanganui and MidCentral District Health Boards has been implemented. >>> read more >>>
 
16/06/2010 - Patients to benefit from joint contract between MidCentral and Whanganui DHBs | A new venture by MidCentral, and Whanganui DHBs should result in better value for money, greater efficiencies, and streamlining of services for direct patient care. >>> read more >>>
 
20/05/2010 - Progress in Joint Provision of Commercial Support Services | This project is part of the centralAlliance between MidCentral and Whanganui DHBs working together under a regional collaboration to develop value for money solutions in the health sector by exploring possibilities for a joint approach in the provision of Commercial Support Services. >>> read more >>>
 
03/04/2009 - Central region will benefit from District Health Boards working together | The green light has been given by Health Minister Tony Ryall for a co-operative agreement between MidCentral, and Whanganui District Health Boards, called the centralAlliance. >>> read more >>>
 
30/07/2008 - Alliance Bewtween Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs | MidCentral and Whanganui DHBs are to explore the possibility of an alliance between the organisations to support shared planning and provision of services. >>> read more >>>
 
 

Key Documents and Updates

 
centralAlliance (Central Alliance) Foundation Agreement (PDF, 820KB).
centralAlliance (Central Alliance) Road Map for the future (PDF, 75KB).

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