Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation

Te Tai Tokerau Primary Health Organisation (TTTPHO) works with the primary health care providers in local communities to support the delivery of health services to meet the needs of the enrolled populations.

The aim is to ensure:

  • A greater emphasis on population health, health promotion, preventative care and community involvement
  • Involvement of a range of health professionals, with multi-disciplinary approaches to decision making
  • Improvements in accessibility, affordability and appropriateness of services
  • Improvements in co-ordination and continuity of care
  • The provision and funding of services tailored to the population’s needs

TTTPHO aims to make primary (non-hospital) health care, more affordable, more accessible and better suited to the needs of enrolled members and their family or whānau.

As well as providing treatment services, TTTPHO aims to help people to stay well and to give communities more say in the types of services that are provided.

People enrolled in TTTPHO are eligible for lower cost visits to the doctor and lower standard prescription charges.

Te Tai Tokerau PHO  works closely with Manaia PHO based in Whangarei in cooperation in many shared district wide projects.

Strategies implemented collectively to help ‘turn the curve’ include:

  • The Northland IT Governance Group guides the development and implementation of a shared IT strategy
  • Funding contribution to the “Healthy Housing” initiative has seen the retrofitting of over 4000 houses
  • NPHOs have implemented a leading primary mental health initiative for mild to moderate mental issues
  • B4 School checks have been provided to 80% of eligible Northland children project led by Manaia PHO
  • Primary Options” is working to support general practice reduce unnecessary hospitalisations
  • ABC Smoking Cessation Project has provided a process that has offered brief advice and cessation support to smokers in our enrolled population

To improve diabetes identification and management we have implemented:

  • A standard process for the collection and payment of Diabetes Care Improvement Programme that includes decision support
  • Providing feedback to practices, PHOs, the local diabetes team and DHB on progress against clinical targets and volumes
  • Practice tools to identify patients with clinical factors that need attention both from an audit process and on presentation
  • A mentoring project
  • Workforce strategies