Health Minister Tony Ryall spoke recently about the ‘Canterbury Initiative’, a clear example of shifting the National-led Government’s priorities to front line health.

He talked about a Canterbury GP who in conjunction with his practice nurse, started a patient with Type 2 Diabetes on insulin recently, and found it wasn’t as difficult as he thought it would be. Previously the GP would have referred the patient to a hospital diabetologist to do this.

Making better clinical pathways is just one part of improving frontline health services.  The ACC’s Better@Work pilot, which has doctors and patients working together to get injured people back to work, is getting good reviews.

Better use of our health dollars has come up with some innovative ideas that are working.