Priority actions: The first two years

Ageing well

  • Supporting age-friendly communities through inter-agency promotion, developing advice and tools and building partnerships
  • Increasing resilience through promotion of strength and balance programmes (including food and nutrition, physical activity, reducing alcohol-related harm) and social connections
  • Building cross government alliances to reduce family violence and other social factors for health ageing
  • Improving health literacy by supporting take-up of technology, online content and awareness of advance-care planning.

Acute and restorative care

  • Supporting initiatives to reduce avoidable acute admissions
  • Streamlining acute assessment tools and processes
  • Improving the patient journey, quality of care, discharge planning, family engagement and cultural responsiveness of services through sharing best practice
  • Smarter use of data to identify older people at risk of falls
  • Improved rehabilitation by building relationship with primary care, allied health and other partners
  • Incorporating ‘restorative’ care models where appropriate and ensuring teams are deployed effectively.

Living well with long term conditions

  • Improving models of home and community care by focusing on the needs of older people and their families, and respecting cultural differences
  • Improving conditions for kaiāwhina workforce, and developing a workforce plan for healthy ageing
  • Better support for people to live well with: dementia, diabetes, stroke, musculoskeletal conditions, mental illness and substance abuse, low vision
  • Promoting self-management by giving older people the tools and support they need, including guidance, technology and information to support self-care and reduce social isolation.

Supporting people with high and complex needs

  • Work with the sector to identify and test frailty identification tools for primary care settings
  • Agree standard referral and discharge protocols for people moving into and out of residential care facilities
  • Facilitate access to medicines management for people living at home and in residential facilities.

Respectful end of life

  • Complete and implement a palliative care action plan
  • Implementation of Te Ara Whakapiri: Principles and guidance for the last days of life
  • Developing options for surveying patient and family experience.

Implementation, measurement and review

  • Planning and delivering a coordinated programme of work towards the Healthy Ageing Strategy goals
  • Improving collection and use of older people’s experiences of care, and engaging older people in DHB forums
  • Co-designing of minor ailments/referrals service as part of the Pharmacy Action Plan
  • Reviewing implementation progress and publishing indicators for District Health Boards
  • Improving our knowledge base through greater collaboration in research development and dissemination.
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