Stocktake of Access Initiatives for Disabled People

Project code:  MHS084

Department

Health Systems

Location

Auckland

The purpose of the project is to create a stocktake of current and previous initiatives carried out by various provider organizations (GPs, PHOs, DHBs) to improve access to high quality care for people who experience disability.  The project may include an online/telephone survey of providers, literature review, document analysis or a combination of these approaches. This project will be developed further in partnership with the student.  

Skills

  • critical review of the academic and grey literature
  • document analysis
  • survey development
  • data analysis

Health Service Response to TBI

Project code:  MHS085

Department

Health Systems

Location

Auckland

This project will include preparing a literature review, assisting with qualitative data analysis and the development of a journal article about health service experiences of people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Skills

  • critical review of the literature
  • qualitative data analysis 
  • preparing a journal article

Core Competencies for Support Workers Survey

Project code:  MHS086

Department

Health Systems

Location

Auckland

This project will review the academic and grey literature to identify current and potential core competencies for paid support staff who work for disabled people managing their own support budgets as part of the Individualized Funding Users/Managers Scheme. This literature-based work will inform the development of an online survey tool to be administered to IFUMs about their experiences and priorities for training their staff. If time permits, the student may be involved in data collection as well.

Skills

  • survey development and administration
  • document analysis
  • critical review of the literature

Identifying patterns of patient portal uptake

Project code:  MHS142

Department

Health Systems

Location

Auckland

Supervisor

Karen Day

Technology is making it easier for people to interact with healthcare professionals (doctors and nurses), and portals can be useful. People can logon to their personal portal account and make appointments, order repeat prescriptions, see their lab results, and interact with their doctor or nurse via secure messaging, amongst other activities. New Zealanders have been able to use portals for a few years now, and the uptake has been growing steadily. How well are we doing with this national project? What are the opportunities and barriers to successfully implement patient portals? Is this a case of ‘If we build it, people will come’ and people are using portals because they are available?

Skills

Skills that will be taught include

  • Literature review
  • Data collection (from a database and interviews) and data analysis and interviewing skills
  • Report writing and writing an article in preparation for publication (under supervision)