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Campaign underway to help South Auckland families prepare for winter

South Seas Healthcare Trust

A 12-week campaign to be held in Auckland is a collaboration between South Seas Healthcare Trust and community leaders. It includes events at the Pacific Hub during April, May and June with free food, music, giveaways.

Two events have been completed with the next campaign set for May 15. South Seas Clinical Director Tagaloa Dr Andrew Chan-Mow says the response so far has been positive with thousands of people engaging with the Hub since late April.

“Our communities know what they need to thrive, and the families we support have told us that they value opportunities to spend time together with the community – we have listened and created a winter illness campaign around experiences the whole
family can enjoy.”

The Pacific Hub is a one-stop shop set up by South Seas and its partner network to connect the community to a range of culturally appropriate health and social service providers, as well as nurses and GPs.

When guests arrive at the Hub, they complete a short health care plan, which connects them to different healthcare providers at the hub. It’s one way to help reduce capacity pressure on GP clinics by ensuring people can access the right support where and when they need it, and in ways that work best for them.

The Blues are proud to announce South Seas Healthcare Trust as an official community partner. Photo: South Seas

As part of last week’s campaign activation, anyone who pre-registered to visit the Pacific Hub and receive a health care plan between May 3 – 6 was gifted a free trip to the Blues Rugby vs Moana Pacific on 6 May. More than 2700 people pre-registered, with 174 families visiting the Hub over the week to pick up tickets, complete a care plan or get immunised.

The next phase of community outreach for the campaign starts on 15 May, with a build up to the Blues vs Hurricanes game on 27 May. Anyone who visits the Pacific Hub between 24 – 27 May to receive their immunisations and a care plan will be
gifted tickets to the game.

This experience-driven approach to delivering healthcare services is part of the South Seas focus on providing a holistic, culturally appropriate, and community-led model of care for its community.

South Seas General Manager Earnest Pidakala says, “Our response to providing excellent health and wellbeing services for Pacific and all communities has evolved to be about more than purely health.”

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