The 2021 Canterbury Healthcare Challenge presentation event took place last Wednesday and was a resounding success.
Four multi-disciplinary teams made up of health professionals and health students from Canterbury DHB, Canterbury community and tertiary institutions, worked together to develop a management plan for a fictional patient with complex needs.
The Te Papa Hauora sponsored challenge saw teams present their management plans to a live audience and judging panel at Manawa. The judges’ feedback was that the plans were comprehensive and of exceptionally high
standard. Team spirits were also high, and recognition was made of the new professional relationships and friendships that were formed.
It was still a competition though and there could be just one winner. Congratulations to team Mahi Tahi, chosen by the judges for having the most effective and comprehensive plan for ‘Eddie’, our fictional patient. Mahi Tahi team captain Physiotherapist Sadhana Ravichandran, said the Healthcare Challenge is certainly something she would recommend to colleagues. “It is a great opportunity to actually learn and explore our health system and what hauora actually means to the people of Aotearoa, and how we need to really emphasise cultural health models into our clinical practice.” She acknowledges that good teamwork was key to Mahi Tahi’s success, “It was a collaborative journey where we as a team shared our knowledge and experiences with each other and have truly enjoyed each other’s company. The team put our hearts and souls into our work, and we are all so happy to have won.”
The aim of the Healthcare Challenge was to promote inter-professional collaboration and to foster a better understanding and appreciation of different health professions. This was well and truly achieved. Thank you to everyone who was involved.