Yvonne Boyes RGON, BN, Post Grad Health Management, Post Grad Dip Advanced Nursing.
My name is Yvonne Boyes your elected representative on the Bay of Plenty District Health Board. I live at Ohope Beach, married to Mike and we have 2 adult children. My occupation is that of a registered nurse with 30 years of community practice ranging from Public Health, District Nursing, Hospice Nursing (Waipuna Hospice- Director of Nursing) and currently in Primary Health Care.
As a board member I have seen personal growth and development, and I have been apart of the positive but also challenging effects on the health and population of the region.
Health isn’t all about hospitals; primary health is an integral part of health services and this impacts hugely on the population. See election issue 1.
The projects I am most proud of are the opening in 2008 of the Project Hope Cancer Centres, the announcement of the redevelopment of Whakatane hospital and the most recent opportunity of six dialysis chairs for dialysis patients in the Eastern Bay. This has come about by seeding funding from the Project Hope committee and I was an intergral part of this.
Today ten people have to go to Tauranga hospital three times a week for dialysis and from Jaunary 2011 can stop at Whakatane hospital. This is wonderful for our comunity of dialysis people and their families.
I have the knowledge and the commitment to continue to be an advocate for the health of the communities of the Bay of Plenty. My key strengths come from my health professional background, commitment to community and an advocate for health.
Working in the community has been a vital part of my nursing practice and with this I have developed a comprehensive knowledge of the challenges and complex issues of health provision facing our communities.
Our populations across the Bay have very diverse health needs; our geography itself lends too many difficulties in delivery of appropriate health care. With these thoughts I would like to continue to advocate for you.
I represent trust, integrity, committed to our community.
Top 5 Issues
- Primary Health care with population ageing and the challenges it brings to families and communities.
Growing resources required for aged care and the educated and supported workforce required for that care.
- Highlighted are the issues concerning the stronger links between primary and secondary care to ensure the continuty of care.
Currently there is gaps in services, access in some areas and duplication in others. There is an inefficient use of resources, fustrating to patients and health professionals and it can result in poor quality care.
- Access and care for chronic conditions must have a new approach to ensure self management ensuring people are enabled to do this.
How in this growing population of chronic illness do we manage with budget constraints?
- Identified issues on a increased focus of immunisations, smoking rates as these produce many health challenges for families in the Bay.
- Growth in public funding is likely to be far less than it has in previuos years given our current economic climate. The DHB will be under greater pressure. Ongoing sustainability will require a fundamental shift to different models of care that are effective and less costly.
Authorised by Yvonne Boyes of 47 Pohutukawa Avenue, Ohope 3121
Questions answered by Yvonne Boyes
Yvonne Boyes's Reply
1. Rosemary I live in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and our council has fluridated water for many years. The decay of childrens teeth in the east in the fluridated area is much less than the Western bay.\\\\r\\\\n
2. The root of the problem lies within education commencing from the beginning of life. We need to enhance education how its delivered and by whom.\\\\r\\\\n
More mobile caravans, and easier access to dental therapists. While we are on the subject we need to support more therapists to ensure they stay by increasing support by student loan payments and then bonding.\\\\r\\\\n
Ensuring parents/caregivers take increased responsibility for the children in their care. When you empower people to have self management the whole outcome for health shifts to a more active responsible levelcheck out other candidate's answers
Monica, I have spent many years nursing in oncology/palliative care. I have viewed with much interest the Vit C debate. Personally if I was afflicted by cancer I would do what ever was necessary for me as many cancer patients do.
As I DHB member I would need to see more research and I believe this is happening as we speak.
The health of a population should always be about ensuring we have the necessitities of life food,clothing,shelter and good access to health care wherever you may live.there are timesin ones lifethe need for intervention to save life and to lessen the progress of disease.
We also as a population need to be more proactive around ensuring our health care/education begins at the beginning of life.check out other candidate's answers
Results - Final
- Mark Arundel
- David Stewart
- Matua Parkinson
- Marion Guy
- Yvonne Boyes
- Mogens Poppe
- Ron Scott
- Andrea Marsh
- Derek Sage
- Tommy Kapai Wilson
- Andrew von Dadelszen
- Jo (Josephine) Gravit
- Stewart Ngatai
- Mike Mills
- Jorg Prinz
- Veronica (Ronnie) Haylings
- Russell Clements
- Don Archer