Auckland, November 3, 2018
The Auckland Health Foundation was officially launched on November 1, 2018 aiming to advance healthcare for all New Zealanders.
The Foundation goes beyond what is currently funded in the healthcare system to help Auckland District Health Board (DHB) patients benefit from innovative technology, research and facilities.
The new fundraising charity supports adult health services within Auckland DHB, and its creation follows extensive evaluation of the financial needs of the DHB and how best to meet the population’s growing healthcare needs.
Regional and National care
Auckland DHB is the regional provider of vital services across many of its departments, and in some complex cases, the national provider – caring for more than 347,000 New Zealanders every year.
Auckland Health Foundation Chief Executive Gwen Green said that the Charity is committed to improving health outcomes for patients, families and communities, not only in Auckland but throughout New Zealand.
The Foundation Team: Jennifer Porter, Jeanette Threlfall, Gwen Green and Hannah Davies
“When people support the Auckland Health Foundation, they can feel confident their contribution will result in healthcare advancements, which could not be developed without their investment.
“We might be new and small, but we intend to make a big impact, and help people far and wide. We look forward to working with the amazing teams across Auckland DHB, and with grateful patients and the public, to realise our goal of world-class healthcare,” she said.
Foundation Ambassador Petra Bagust, grateful patient Rupert Myhre and Partner Laura Grayd
The Foundation will have specific projects that funders can support, including an on-going Research and Discovery Fund; a Whānau Rooms Rejuvenation Project, which is the Foundation’s first community-based project; and the Auckland Simulation Centre of Excellence, which will ensure DHB staff have the best facilities to learn, practice and improve vital skills and deliver world-class care.
“We know many people have personal connections to a particular service or ward, and they will always be able to donate to the DHB department that helped them or their loved one. Based on the overwhelming gratitude we’ve seen from DHB patients, and their desire to thank those who’ve helped them, we’ve also established a Grateful Patients Programme. We know not everyone can make a monetary donation, so there are many other ways they can get involved, or pass on their gratitude and help others,” Ms Green said.
About the Auckland Health Foundation
Through donations from grateful patients and the public, the Auckland Health Foundation financially supports projects, research and education for adult health services, which have the capacity to transform healthcare and wellness and the way it is delivered within Auckland DHB.
The Foundation goes beyond what is presently funded in the healthcare system to focus on promising ideas, innovations and technologies that have the potential to benefit our patients and community, but could otherwise not be developed without external investment.
The goal is to ensure that the future of healthcare in Auckland is world-class, providing greater positive health outcomes not only for Aucklanders, but for the whole of New Zealand. Success is not just the equipment, research and facilities our supporters have funded, but the lives they have enriched and saved in doing so.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Trust with Auckland DHB Chair Pat Snedden and
Foundation Board Chair Andrew Barclay
With to its supporters, the foundation will fund projects that meet its four core priorities: (a) Promote population health and wellness (b) Support the training and education of both medical and non-medical staff who work for Auckland DHB (c) Transform patient care by supporting new processes, innovation and technology for delivery of healthcare (d) Advance Discovery – patient-focused research involving Auckland DHB staff and leveraging through other collaboration.