Thanks for the blog posts - this is indeed the challenge - FB or Forum - and if Forum how do you make it successful? I like the learning from success points laid out in the attached blogs.
The Covid-19 FB group for doctors (Aussie and NZ) is overrun with information that I don’t need or wish to read. It is hard to navigate what I see, as the algorithm used seems to serve me up stuff in some crazy fashion - so I am not sure I am reading all the stuff I want to. At times I get very tired of having to wade through the tirades - admittedly most of them relating to Australia - but there are good lessons in there (if you have the FB fortitude/fatigue ratio set correctly .
I find it hard to see the Covid-19 FB page other than an outlet to vent ones frustrations, with many comments that are not helpful, and a lot of re-posting of press articles often of little value in my view. There seems to be little in the way of working together to provide solutions to the crisis we find ourselves in.
NZ is little and collaboration should be our forte - however, in my view egos, and the way we have been made to compete for funding and voice within our country have led us to be parsimonious with our sharing - little bits are shared so we appear to contribute - but not enough to stifle our career, research or whatever else we fear is at stake.
What I have truly admired Dr Ashley Bloomfield for - has been his ability to work with the clunky system of the many DHBs we have, and get things to work. He has done so by relentlessly sticking to the same message, if it doesn’t seem to get through then he will take action to address the delivery, but he keeps the message the same
Ashley has managed to listen to feedback and incorporate the learning’s he has had without taking personal offense at the questions posed to him. He turns the constant questions or criticisms to his advantage and uses them to better the service delivery of health to NZers by the Ministry of Health. This is what true feedback, reflection and learning from mistakes is - blameless.
I never thought I would say it - but I am proud of the MoH in NZ. I am really pleased that we in NZ have such a good leader as Ashley Bloomfield who listens to criticism, turns it to inquiry and then improvement - the best example I have ever seen within health of quality improvement in action (and I think of many “committees” I have been in previously).
This Health Forum NZ platform - could be a great tool for someone like Ashley to communicate through, and listen to what is happening on the ground with health in NZ form NZers - and shape our health system for the future.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the information informing the MoH came from us, from this Forum, the health workers of NZ - not merely via the reporters at a regular press conference who’s aims to criticize our Director of Public Health have been turned into an information gathering exercise from a very clever leader…
These are my thoughts,