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This section contains news publicised a little while ago. Please note that due to the long time when some of these were released images have been removed and some links might no longer work.

Archived News

This section contains links to archived West Coast District Health Boards media releases.

September 2012

14 / 09 / 2012

Better Sharing of Lab Results

August 15, 2012

TestSafe South is a secure online database that can be used to access patient lab results. The West Coast DHB recently introduced TestSafe South, and South Canterbury DHB, as well as West Coast DHB is working in partnership with Canterbury to introduce it starting next month.

This means laboratory results from tests performed at one district health board will become immediately available online to hospital clinicians working at West Coast, Canterbury and South Canterbury DHBs.


There are also plans to use TestSafe South to make test results available to the patient's General Practitioner further down the track.

Sharing lab results will improve and speed up patient care, especially when patients are transferred by helicopter from Timaru Hospital to Christchurch Hospital in an emergency. The results of lab tests carried out at Timaru Hospital will be immediately available to doctors in Christchurch.

It will also help in situations where Christchurch patients are treated at Timaru Hospital, or South Canterbury patients are referred to specialists in Christchurch for further advice or treatment.

South Canterbury DHB chief medical officers Bill Taine says that up to now, doctors and nurses only had some of the test results available to them.

"The value of having the full picture of a patient's tests in front of a doctor or nurse at the point of care is huge," says South Canterbury DHB chief medical officers Bill Taine.   "It will lead to more appropriate care and less duplication of lab tests."

The ability to see Christchurch results will advantage those patients who present at Grey Base Hospital with a problem after treatment in Christchurch.   It will be much more of an advantage to the GP referred-patient as well, as there will not be any duplication of previous tests.

Information about the introduction of TestSafe South at the Canterbury DHB  

General information about TestSafe South

For more information about what is happening at the West Coast DHB contact:

Bryan Jamieson
Community Liaison Officer
West Coast DHB
PO Box 387
Greymouth 7840
Phone (DDI): (03) 769-7665
Mobile: 027 245-9595
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28 / 09 / 2009

2009 West Coast DHB Innovation and Excellence Awards - Nominations Welcome

September 28, 2009

award trophy logo

The West Coast DHB is again running its annual Innovation and Excellence Awards. The theme for the 2009 awards is ĎAchieving a Sustainable Futureí, and nominations are now open.

This is your chance to acknowledge those organisations and individuals that have made a contribution to improving the health of West Coasters this year.


Awards are open to schools, health organisations, not for profit and volunteer groups and anyone else who believes that they have made a commitment to health in the region. Nominations can be made for the following categories:

Environmental Responsibility in Health - recognising those who not only are working hard to provide health services on the West Coast but are doing at least some of it in a way that will protect our environment, either locally or globally

Excellence in Treatment or Rehabilitation - recognising how improvements, changes or simply excellence can improve the health of people in this region

Hauora Māori - recognising the innovative and collaborative mahi being undertaken to improve hauora Māori 

Early Intervention and Prevention - recognising innovation in the provision of early intervention services and services throughout the West Coast

Process Improvement - recognising the development of ideas and projects that have led to or will lead to improvements in the delivery of services

Healthy Schools Award - recognising the unique and innovative approach many schools are taking to health and teaching children and their families about health and wellbeing

Special Award for Outstanding Achievement or Service by an Individual or Group - this is an open category. It is an opportunity for community members to nominate others in order for their contribution to be recognised

You can download an information leaflet and an entry form from www.westcoastdhb.org.nz; alternatively e-mail us at This is not a link as we want to prevent spam.  Please transfer the email address on the image carefully into your email client before sending the email.  You might find, with some older email addresses on this site that they are no longer current, for staff-change reasons.  If your email bounces back please contact the WCDHB Communications Team - see Contacts section of this site., call Bryan on 768 0499 or write to us at Planning and Funding and we'll send one out to you.

We look forward to receiving your nomination, but remember - entries close at 5.00 pm on Friday 9th October.

For more information please call our Communications Officer Bryan, on (03) 769-7400, Ext 2665.

11 / 09 / 2009

2009 West Coast DHB Innovation and Excellence Awards

September 11, 2009

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Achieving a Sustainable Future

Nominations are now open for the West Coast DHB Excellence and Innovations Awards.

This is your chance to gain recognition for health organisations, schools, volunteer groups and anyone else who you believe has made a commitment to the health of West Coasters.


You can either download further information and entry forms on this page, or you can pick them up from reception at Grey Base Hospital, Greymouth Medical Centre, Hokitika Health Centre, Buller Health Medical Centre or Reefton Health Medical Centre.

Give West Coast stars a chance to shine!

For more information please call our Communications Officer Bryan, on (03) 768 0499, extension 2665.

May 2009

20 / 05 / 2009

Information for Schools and ECEs Regarding Changes to the Nutrition Fund

May 20, 2009

The Ministry of Health has spent the last few months refocusing the Healthy Eating - Healthy Action (HEHA) Strategy to achieve more of a balance between increasing physical activity and improving nutrition.


As a result, some of the HEHA funding from the Government to District Health Boards (DHBs) is being reprioritised for the 2009/10 financial year beginning 1 July 2009.

Ministry of Health funding for the DHB Nutrition Fund will be rolled into a combined Community Action Initiative and Nutrition Fund now totalling $6 million.

Ministry funding for DHB District Coordinator positions is also being reprioritised from 1 July 2009.

The Government is reinvesting this funding back into HEHA to support the establishment of a new physical activity initiative for school-aged children, which was part of a Government election commitment. Details of the new initiative will be announced by the Government soon.

Schools and ECEs will still be able to use the Food and Beverage Classification System as a tool for choosing healthy food and drink options. We recognise that numerous West Coast schools are successfully utilising the Food and Beverage Classification System and we encourage you to continue to do so.

The West Coast District Health Board will not progress with another Nutrition Fund round due to the Government's reprioritisation of HEHA funding. Dedicated support for current Nutrition Fund projects will continue to be available through the HEHA Team and Kim Hawkes will be available to assist with planning for the sustainability of existing projects for the remainder of this calendar year.

Please note that applications for the April 2009 Nutrition Fund round are currently being reviewed and applicants will be informed of the outcome in the next fortnight.

If you have any queries please contact Kim Hawkes. Kim's contact details are 03 768 1307 extension 2 or

Kind regards

Kim Sinclair
HEHA Programme Manager

December 2008

10 / 12 / 2008

Members Exhibition and Jazz And Art Collide

December 10, 2008

Hello Everyone,
You are all invited to come along to the Members Exhibition this Friday night - 12th December 2008. At this opening we are going to make it a BYO with drinks and we will supply the food.


Also don't forget about this Sunday 14th December at the gallery when Jazz And Art Collide, 2 - 4pm.
The Just Jazz band will be playing and there will be bubbles (to drink) and refreshments. Tickets are $10. This is a fundraiser for the Gallery.

A Merry Christmas to you all and have a Safe and Happy New Year. We look forward to your continuing support in 2009.

From the Crew at the
Left Bank Art Gallery

09 / 12 / 2008

Introducing the New NetP Expansion Programme

December 09, 2008

2009 sees the addition of the NETP Expansion Programme.  This new initiative is being funded by the Clinical Training Agency (CTA) and implemented by the West Coast District Health Board to expand the existing programme into the primary and non-DHB sector.  It recognises the benefit and value of providing a supportive introductory programme for newly graduated Registered Nurses into our community based health care environment.


The NetP expansion programme is specifically for those organisations that are funded to provide clinical services via Ministry of Health or DHB contracts.  Examples of these providers are:

Primary Health Organisations (PHO);
Aged residential care providers;
Iwi/Maori health providers;
Non Government Organisations (NGO);

With a key aim of the NetP expansion programme being the retention of new graduate nurses, it is hoped that by supporting those with a specific interest in primary, community and residential care into this programme, the West Coast District Health Board will continue to actively facilitate the recruitment and retention of a comprehensive nursing workforce.

02 / 12 / 2008

Arts Flash for December

December 02, 2008

Hi Everyone,

Firstly from the crew at the Gallery we are working very hard with Murry Cave and the committee members to keep the doors open and the Gallery running as normally as possible.
Sales are well up from previous years and with lots of visitors coming through the doors, we are currently seeking good quality art work for our summer season.

Here is our Arts Flash for December


Enjoy the sunshine and we will see you in the Gallery soon.

Jules, Sarah & Mathew

October 2008

13 / 10 / 2008

The Pandemic Survival Roadshow
Now touring the West Coast

Pandemic Survival Roadshow

October 13, 2008

Is your family safe in the event of a major health or civil defence emergency?

Check your preparedness out at the free Pandemic

Survival Roadshow coming to the West Coast in October.


10, 11, 13th October Reefton Area School, Reefton11am-8pm,
14th October Awahono School,
15th OctoberPaparoa Range School, Dobson10am-8pm
16, 17, 18, 20th October Grey Main School,
21st OctoberKumara School,

Visit the Pandemic Survival Roadshow Website


The Canterbury District Health Board, South Canterbury District Health Board, Community and Public Health, Canterbury Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group, Environment Canterbury, territorial authorities, Science Alive, Red Cross, and St. John have worked together to create this roadshow. The roadshow was developed as officials from those organisations felt it was important to work together to deliver the message.

The Pandemic Survival Roadshow was built by Science Alive. The installation includes five exhibit pieces with information banners. Each exhibit piece outlines an important message regarding pandemic influenza survival.

10 / 10 / 2008

HEHA Now Have Their Own Web Site

October 10, 2008

The HEHA Network Establishment Board is pleased to announce the launch of the new HEHA Network Web Site.


The web site has been designed to support the national Healthy Eating Healthy Action initiative and will operate as a function within the HEHA Network, which is still in development.

The site highlights positive HEHA action from across New Zealand and across sectors and communities. It also provides an additional resource for people working in the nutrition and physical activity fields.

The web site has been developed as a sector resource – with ongoing direction and upgrades in response to sector needs.

As visitors to the site will note, the site is still under development in many places.  The HEHA Network Establishment Board would therefore welcome your feedback regarding how they can make this new web site more useful.

Please use the feedback forms on their web site to identify improvements or services, links and information that should be provided.

In the near future HEHA will be adding two significant new databases to the web site:

Further updates will be sent out when these services have become available.

August 2008

19 / 08 / 2008


August 19, 2008

Incubator is a strategy that has been developed to "grow" the local youth for future careers as part of their workforce planning and development.

Click here to find out more about this exciting new programme (More content will appear directly under the image).

Students enjoying learning more about the health profession.

It is a career awareness and mentoring programme for secondary students.

This programme introduces health professional role models to students and is an effective conduit of information to students on the wealth of opportunities available in careers within the health sector.

The programme focuses on healthy populations, wellness, primary health and emergency response information as key drivers to gain the students interest. This programme has a huge potential for health promotion whilst encouraging students into a health career.

The West Coast DHB’s participation in this programme will increase its profile in West Coast secondary schools and their students will also see our staff as positive role models. It is an opportunity for the DHB to work collaboratively with the secondary schools to help bridge a growing recruitment issue. 

The first Incubator session on the West Coast was at Greymouth High School on Wednesday 13th August. There are 22 students registered to participate in the programme this year and the initial feedback has all been very positive. 

We will be taking a minimum of 2 health professionals in per session to talk about their jobs; there are a further two sessions scheduled for this school year.  A big thanks to Karyn Kelly and Dr Carol Atmore for their help with the first session.

We are still looking for staff who wish to participate in this programme and either come to a school session or be an online mentor.

If anyone is interested in hearing more about this exciting programme please contact Kim Hibbs, Phone: (03) 769-7400, Ext.2736 in Human Resources.

June 2008

13 / 06 / 2008

Technical and Scientific (TAS) Website Released

June 13, 2008

The Technical and Scientific (TAS) website for the technical and scientific workforces employed in DHBs, is now live!!
Click here to find out more about this new DHBNZ website section.

This website is designed to help TAS workers develop connections with each other and build job satisfaction by establishing and strengthening career pathways.

The TAS site provides information on the Technical and Scientific Workforce Strategy Group's projects and information from the Technical and Scientific Network.

The site can be reached via this link:

This is a dynamic site and your feedback is welcomed.

Background Information

The Technical and Scientific workforce (TAS) is very diverse with at least 20 occupational groups ranging from anaesthetic technicians to medical physicists and radiation therapists. TAS people often work in relative isolation from each other. At last count there were only seven nuclear medicine technologists in District Health Boards, eleven audiology technicians and 57 operating theatre technicians (HWIP June 2007).

Because they work alone or in such small professional groups, many TAS workers miss out on the support and career development bigger workgroups have on offer.

The TAS Workforce Strategy Group includes clinicians, union representatives, senior managers and policy analysts and is lead by Bay of Plenty CE Phil Cammish.

This group's core role is to aid and support all Technical and Scientific workers towards the goal of a strong, innovative and responsive workforce.

A TAS Network is being established across DHBs. The network contacts are able to assist with enquiries regarding TAS workforce within their DHBs.

TAS Workforce Strategy Group leads the following TAS workforce development projects

February 2008

01 / 02 / 2008

Health Education Scholarship Recipients - 2008

February 01, 2008

The West Coast DHB recently announced its health scholarship recipients for the 2008 academic year. The students come from various localities on the West Coast and are studying for a variety of health related qualifications at tertiary institutions throughout New Zealand.
Click here to find out more about the scholarship recipients.

The pen portraits below illustrate the wide scope of recipients' interests and studies.