14 Jun 2012
AUT University hosted New Zealand’s first Health Fusion Team Challenge last week.
The purpose of the event was to develop new ways to help meet the growing demands on New Zealand’s health care system due to a combination of an ageing, ethnically diverse population and a global shortage of health workers.
The Health Fusion Team Challenge consisted of teams competing from AUT and Waitemata District Health Board (DHB). Winners on the day were one of the AUT student teams ‘Te Mahi Tahi’ – which means ‘working together’.
AUT’s Associate Dean of Health, Associate Professor Duncan Reid, says the challenge promotes the collaboration between a variety of health disciplines, which then form interprofessional health teams – a model of health care which the World Health Organisation is driving internationally.
“Health care delivery is changing globally and New Zealand has to adopt enterprising ways to keep up. AUT is responding to this challenge by developing an interprofessional health workforce which collaborates across multifaceted disciplines and sectors. It’s forecast New Zealand will require between 40%-70% more health workers over the next 10 or so years, so we need to be leading change.”
“At the Health Fusion Team Challenge numerous health disciplines were represented including paramedicine, nursing, occupational therapy, oral health, podiatry and physiotherapy. On the day the winning team Te Mahi Tahi certainly lived up to their name.”
|Winning Health Fusion Team: Te Mahi Tahi.
Winning team Te Mahi Tahi will go on to compete in the Australian challenge in August.
The Health Fusion Team Challenge has been running in Australia since 2007. It’s a popular state-wide event and a dynamic way of promoting a collaborative approach to patient centred care, says Associate Professor Reid.
“This is the first attempt to train prospective health professionals in a team event using a real life scenario. The purpose of this approach is to provide the best health care solutions."
“The Health Fusion Team Challenge will help benefit the creation of a health workforce that provides ‘person and community centred care’, instead of traditional treatment where an individual sees only one health professional at a time.