The Auckland Health Foundation officially launched last night (1 November) to advance healthcare for all New Zealanders. The foundation goes beyond what is currently funded in the healthcare system to help Auckland 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.
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 CEO, Gwen Green, says the charity is committed to improving health outcomes for patients, families and communities, not only in Auckland but throughout New Zealand.
“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,” says Green.
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.
Green says, “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.”
Find out more, watch our official video and donate at: https://aucklandhealthfoundation.org.nz/