BOPDHB Checkup April 2019 | Page 2

Overview Simon Everitt, General Manager Planning & Funding & Population Health. While Helen is on leave I’ve been asked to step into her shoes and contribute to your staff magazine Checkup. This edition really celebrates the achievements of our people. I congratulate those featured within these pages who’ve opted to undergo further studies, upskilling and expanding their health skills. Not only does this benefit each of them individually but by them applying their new skills and News in brief Creating our Culture new lead Apiarist she may be outside working hours, but when she's at work she's Angie Lund the new Programme Lead for Creating our Culture. Angie, currently working in People and Capability has taken up this fixed term appointment for up to 12 months to integrate the Creating our Culture work into the BOPDHB's business processes. Bringing to us her significant experience in organisational development, Angie will continue to support P&C two days a week. knowledge at work, this has a positive impact on the health services we provide for the communities we serve. The stories about our people taking on epic challenges as Vocal Chords part of their health journey also struck a chord with me. The DHB team that participated in this year’s 100k gruelling Oxfam trailwalker event takes me back to the time a few years ago when I did the shorter (but also character building) 50k version in appalling weather. It’s really inspiring to hear about the goals people set themselves that contribute to keeping themselves fit and healthy. As we head towards winter, thinking about what we can all do to stay well is front of mind. I’d encourage you all to take advantage of the free flu shot service we have available here at work for you, our contractors and volunteers. I’ve had mine. As we have had a number of cases of measles in the Bay of Plenty it’s also a useful reminder to check your own and your children’s immunisation records. If you’re not sure what you need to do or need advice talk to your GP or Practice Nurse or Despite stormy weather there was a great turnout to hear the BOPDHB choir Vocal Chords sing some groovy tunes at Our Place, Tauranga CBD earlier this month. call Healthline on 0800 611 116. The choir has been together for almost three years now with about 30 regulars. Simon Musical Director Leon Gray has the knack of picking popular songs that get the crowd moving. The concert at Our Place had the crowd dancing to songs by Stevie Wonder, Sam Smith, Santana, Sting, and ABBA to name a few. Vocal Chords is a great way to mix and mingle with people across the Bay of Plenty’s health sector. To find out more visit Vocal Chords on facebook or email Alison.james@bopdhb. Front cover: Dr Kate Grimwade (left) with staff queuing up for flu shots, Adele Ferguson, Maree Hyndman, Joy Sunich and Vaccinator Julia Pirini. 2