Breathing programme adapting to patient needs

CCNlogomasterWhen Canterbury Clinical Network’s (CCN) Integrated Respiratory Service was established in 2008, the aim was to move services that were only available in hospitals at the time, out into the community.

Swing forward 10 years and the Better Breathing Pulmonary Rehabilitation (BBPR) programme is firmly embedded in the community, so much so that the work of a Marae volunteer for the programme was acknowledged and celebrated at the 2018 Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.

Mac Renata, volunteer for the BBPR programme, received an Award for his contribution to a Māori Health service. The eight week programme is overseen by the team of specialist nurses and physiotherapist and runs at different locations across Canterbury.

Mac joined the Canterbury Respiratory Consumer Working Group two years ago after he had gone through the programme himself. He was nominated for the Volunteer Award by Community Respiratory Clinical Nurse Specialist, Louise Weatherall.

The programme was adapted last year and delivered at Rehua Marae in Richmond, Christchurch to make it easier for Māori to take part in the programme. Changes included running the programme onsite and carrying out group assessments rather than one-to-one.

Mac played a key part in supporting CCN’s clinical team at the Marae and has lead the Kaumātua group in exercise regularly ever since.

In her nomination Louise said: “Mac brings wisdom, calmness and his understated knowledge to guide us to be inclusive of Māori in all our activities.

“He is a clear and frank communicator who helps others understand the complex health system, and respiratory health specifically. He has contributed to the redesign of patient and clinician materials such as letters, flyers and pamphlets.

“He often leads the exercise component of the programme and is willing to share his health journey to help everyone. He is a tireless advocate for Māori.”

Consumers are an integral part of the Integrated Respiratory Service.

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Mac Renata (Right) receiving his Outstanding Achievement Award from Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield in June 2018.

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