Greater Auckland Integrated Health Network (GAIHN) was established in 2010. It is a partnership between the Auckland, Waitemata, and Counties-Manukau DHBs, and ProCare, Auckland, East Health and Total Healthcare PHOs.
The purpose of GAIHN is to strengthen integration between primary and secondary care, and the regional capacity of primary care to reduce avoidable hospital admissions.
The work programme is comprised of three Work Streams:
- Identification and management of high risk individuals
- Better response to acute events in the community
- Enablers of better individual care.
Child health is a key focus across the Work Streams.
GAIHN is primarily accountable through the Alliance Leadership Team (ALT) which is comprised of an Independent Chair, the CEOs (or their representatives) of the partner organisations, and the Chair of the Alliance Clinical Network (ACN). A representative of the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Progamme Manager, and other invited guests also attend. ALT is currently considering strengthening clinical representation to cover public health, primary care, and secondary care.
The current membership includes:
- Andrew Old (ADHB)
- Barbara Stevens (Auckland PHO)
- John Baird (Interim Independent Chair)
- Debbie Holdsworth (WDHB)
- Geraint Martin (CMDHB)
- Loretta Hansen (East Health Trust PHO)
- Mark Vella (Total Healthcare)
- Neil Hefford (Alliance Clinical Network Chair)
- Paul Roseman (Procare)
The Executive team, comprised of a small group of ALT members, also meet regularly to provide more direct strategic and operational support to the GAIHN programme office.
The Alliance Clnical Network provides clinical advice on the GAIHN programme. For example, it plays a key role in prioritising and signing off clinical pathways. It is a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians from the partner organisations including specialists, GPs, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists. Click here to view and download the 'ACN terms of reference'
GAIHN has also recently established the Clinical Pathway Implementation Group (CPIG) which will be responsible for leading and coordinating pathway implementation across the Auckland metro region.
The GAIHN programme office is a small team with a Programme Manager, a Project Manager for each of the Work Streams and child health, and two support staff. The team works closely with GAIHN governance and stakeholders primarily to develop initiatives which are then implemented by the partners.
Updated 22 March 2013