Canterbury’s First Primary Health Organisation is launched
Canterbury’s first Primary Health Organisation (PHO) will be launched tomorrow (Tuesday, 1 July 2003). PHOs are the
local provider organisations through which District Health Boards (DHBs) are implementing the Primary Health Care
Strategy. To be known as the Canterbury Community Primary Health Organisation, it will be based in Christchurch and will
be a combination of 14 existing health groups including:
- Family Planning Association
- Freedom Clinic Trust
- Hepatitis C Resource Centre Te Waipounamu
- New Zealand Aids Foundation
- New Zealand Prostitutes Collective
- Plunket Canterbury
- Rodger Wright Centre (DSIC Trust)
- Tangata Atumotu Trust
- Te Amorangi Richmond
- Te Rawhiti Family Health Centre
- Timeout Carers
- Union and Community Health Centre
- Youth Health Trust
Eve Nissan, the Project Co-ordinator for the Canterbury Community PHO said that these organisations had been “exploring
ways of working together for the last two years” and saw this initiative as enabling them to be connected on a formal
Utilising the Access formula, the Canterbury Community PHO will be able to maintain low fees, and the increased funding
will enable more focus on diabetes management especially around encouraging patients to be tested, working with the
Diabetes Centre and podiatry professionals, as well as raising community awareness about Diabetes. Promoting oral health
will also be a priority.
The Canterbury Community PHO is a not-for-profit body, which has a strong belief in social justice, especially in the
delivery of health care to those who need it most.
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is a Christchurch, New Zealand based hospital and healthcare provider for the
Canterbury region of New Zealand. Our region extends from Kekerengu in the North, to Rangitata in the South and Arthurs
Pass in the West and comprises the six Territorial Local Authorities of Kaikoura, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Christchurch
City, Selwyn and Ashburton.
We collaborate with other health and disability organisations, stakeholders and our community to decide what health and
disability services are needed and how to best use the funding we receive from Government to improve, promote and
protect the health, wellbeing and independence of our population.
At the Canterbury DHB, our vision is to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in Canterbury.