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Research study into nursing innovations gets underway in Hamilton.

EVALUATION OF the 11 primary health care (PHC) nursing innovations is underway, following the first of three annual, two day workshops in Hamilton in May.

The evaluation is being undertaken by the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) as a three-year research project. This aims to describe the process and progress of the innovations; to draw les sons from the innovations; and to present any learning in an accessible way to assist other nurses and groups to develop the PHC nurse role.

The innovations from 10 different district health boards are: Kaupapa Maori Primary Health Nursing (Auckland), Tuwharetoa Health Services and Health Repora (both Lakes DHB), First Health Taranaki and the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society (Taranaki), Tairawhiti District Health Project, Combined Primary Health Care Nurses' Group (MidCentral), Hutt Valley Youth Health Services, Neighbourhood Nurses in Reefton (West Coast), Primary Health Sector Nursing Reference Group (Counties Manukau), Northland/ Kaipara Care and the Wairarapa Primary Health Nurses' Group.

The research team comprises a mixture of nurse educators and researchers--Trish Wright, Sandra Thompson and Kelly Gibson from Wintec, Janice McDrury from Otago Polytechnic, Kathy Nelson from Victoria University of Wellington and Jan Pearson from the Plunket Society.

The purpose of the May workshop, which brought together representatives from each innovation project, included establishing and maintaining support for project development, collecting evaluation data from each innovation project, and helping overcome any barriers to project development. The workshop also provided the nurses with an opportunity to meet and share their experiences with the research team and two Ministry of Health observers.

"The workshop highlighted the diversity of the work being undertaken," said Pearson. "Some are focused on providing a service to a defined population, for example youth, while others are focused on developing the skills and knowledge of primary health nurses. It was clear to us that a spirit of collaboration has returned to primary health care. This is good news for improving the health status of New Zealanders."

The research team will review the material gathered during the workshop along side data from interviews, site visits and case studies.
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Date:Jul 1, 2004
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