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Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

The backbone of Kiwi health


Nelson Mandela once said, ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done,’ and next year the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation will have been doing the impossible for 60 years.

 

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

 

Established in 1960 by Professor Don Beaven, the foundation has contributed $27 million and counting towards medical research. Put simply, a significant number of Canterbury’s 300 medical researchers working within the health and education sectors would not be able to undertake the ground-breaking medical research they are today, without the sustained and rigorous efforts of the the foundation.

The medical research funded by the foundation makes a real difference in the short, medium and long term, not just to the health of Cantabrians, but to health globally. General Manager Colin McDougall says, “lifting the bar for health is relevant to everyone,” and if the point needs illustrating, we only need look as far as Martin Than’s 2018 study on improving outcomes within the public healthcare system.

 

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation

Martin Than and a Christchurch team studied and applied nationwide changes for the assessment of suspected heart attack patients in the Emergency Department at Christchurch Public Hospital and throughout New Zealand. His research combined a wide range of the essential indicators and tests for suspected heart attacks. The care pathway developed and implemented has reduced previously 24-hour hospital admissions to under six hours in up to 50 percent of cases. The results have been outstanding, with good outcomes for patients and savings of $11 million dollars and 200,000 doctors’ hours per annum nationally.

The Canterbury Medical Research Foundation raises funds through donations, bequests and public events. The black-tie annual Wine and Art Auction is a sell-out each year, and held its 25th anniversary in 2018. Proceeds from the event go directly to a pre-approved research project. Events planned for 2019 include Opera Meets Art at Christchurch Art Gallery on 30 March which raises funds for neurological research undertaken by subsidiary company New Zealand Brain Research Institute. “More fun and incredibly worthwhile events are planned, where you’ll hear from the researchers themselves,” Colin says.

 

Canterbury Medical Research Foundation
Board Chair Geoff Cranko (left)
& General Manager Colin McDougall (right)

Board Chair Geoff Cranko says the foundation is very focused on supporting emerging talent, as well as retaining experienced researchers. “It is critical to retain talent in Canterbury for health outcomes, as well as for the sustainability of our community.”

Your donation or bequest can be tagged to particular research that interests you. You can meet the researcher, so you can clearly see the difference your support is making.
“With its history, infrastructure and breadth of research, Canterbury Medical Research Foundation is ideally placed to work collaboratively with other health services funders to provide much needed support to Canterbury’s talented researchers.”

 


Find the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.


 

Christchurch Immigration Health

All in one immigration medicals: Christchurch Immigration Health


Christchurch Immigration Health specialises in immigration medicals, business medicals and driver’s licence medicals.

 

Christchurch Immigration Health

 

Its brand new one-stop clinic in Milford Chambers, St George’s Hospital, is a convenient location in the heart of Merivale. The team believes in a relaxed and stress-free practice and the clinic certainly reflects this, with plenty of on-site parking available.
Medicals are available for immigrants to New Zealand and also for those emigrating from New Zealand.

The medical, blood test, urine and chest X-rays are all done on-site. This guarantees a quick and efficient process, with the majority of immigration medicals completed and submitted to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) within one to two working days. There is no need for photos or forms, as all this is done on site, with results submitted electronically. All you need is your original passport, glasses and any medications you may take.

The friendly and welcoming staff have immigrated themselves, so they understand the journey. The doctors have been performing immigration medicals since 2011 and are highly experienced in handling medical-related queries. They work closely with specialists in the same hospital, so where a consultant/specialist opinion is required, delays are minimal.

With a fast and friendly service guaranteed and competitive prices, the team believes this is one of the best value medical services in the city. It seems many agree, with more than 200 5-star reviews on Google!

 


Call Christchurch Immigration Health on 021 334 110 or 0800 088 882. Check out the Facebook page where you can see the latest promotions and book appointments, or visit www.christchurchimmigrationhealth.nz.


 

Wigram Health

Patient-centered care: Wigram Health

Compassionate care for all those who walk through the door is the cornerstone value at Wigram Health, soon to open a practice in Vernon Drive, Lincoln.

Wigram Health

“We are very serious about our patients receiving the best treatment possible,” Dr John Ko says on behalf of Wigram Health’s large, multi-disciplinary medical team.
The idea of true caring might sound old-fashioned, but nothing could be further from the truth. Wigram Health – both in Skyhawk Road and soon at the new, Lincoln practice which opens in spring – has embraced every advantage that cutting-edge medicine and its attendant technology can bestow.
However, on walking through the doors of Wigram Health in Skyhawk Road, a person could forget they were at the doctor’s. There’s plush, vibrant interior design and a dispenser of hot chocolate and other drinks in reception. It’s not a white-paint-and-steel clinical vibe; rather a personable, enveloping one.

John explains that the way forward for medicine allows people more control. It’s information-sharing rather than paternalism; not like old school general practice where the doctor is God and patients should prepare to wait an eternity before appointments.
“We understand people are busy; also that when they really need a medical investigation, time is of the essence. That’s why we see acute illness and injury patients on the same day if they call or book online before noon.”

And because the surgery is open for extended hours of 8am to 8pm, and also for reduced hours on Saturday, getting timely medical help is what routinely happens here.
“Optimal medical service is always available,” John says, and he believes this service-oriented approach to general practice underpins Wigram Health’s unprecedented success.
Having just celebrated the practice’s two-year anniversary, staff can look back at exponential growth, 7000 enrolled patients, and a continuing enrolment rate of 200 people per month.

 

Top patient care in Selwyn

The Lincoln practice still in its final construction phase looks likely to begin a parallel patient enrolment-rate, mirroring that at Wigram Skies.
John says the same culture of customer-service focus will be engendered in the new facility, which has been designed very carefully for all age-groups with this in mind.
“There’s a really neat, funky children’s play area, with seating in the wall and well-maintained toys, which will appeal to the young families in Lincoln. In fact around 20 percent of the Selwyn district’s population are 17 years or under,” John adds.
Patients enrolled in one of the Wigram Health practices will be able to attend the other, with no extra charge or paperwork required.