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other projects include
  • Modelling the Uptake of Electric Vehicles in New Zealand

    The development of a System Dynamics simulation model to explore a range of scenarios for the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in NZ.

    Working with industry experts, Ministry of Transport, New Zealand Transport Agency and academics, Synergia developed a dynamic simulation model to explore the interacting factors that affect EV uptake. The simulation model was also used to explore the implications of a range of uptake targets, test their feasibility, and highlight what would be required to meet them.

    A model was developed and was used to explore the uptake requirements to meet Government policy goals.

    Client
    University of Otago (Research funded by MBIE)
    Skills
    System Dynamics Modelling, Facilitation, Policy
  • Severe Acute Maternal Morbidity (SAMM) Audit

    Synergia was commissioned to provide advice for a sustainable approach to bring the Severe Acute Maternal Morbidity (SAMM) audit into the HQSC (the Commission). We provided support to the Commission’s expert advisory group following their New Zealand Triple Aim model and the emphasis on continuous quality improvement. The group was to provide guidance on a sustainable review and improvement model for SAMM, the link between the Commission and the maternity quality programme based at the Ministry of Health, the link between an expanding maternal morbidity audit work stream, and the work of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee.

    Client
    Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC)
    Skills
    Review, facilitation, strategic advice
  • Advice to Director General on Future Shape of Public Health

    Synergia supported the national Public Health Clinical Network to prepare advice to the Director General of Health on the future shape of public health services in New Zealand.

    The paper explored issued with the current configuration and leadership within the New Zealand public health system and provided a set of recommendations for future configuration. The work included wide-ranging engagement with the public health sector.

    Client
    Public Health Clinical Network
    Skills
    Research, analysis, policy
  • Collective Impact – Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

    We collaborated with ACC, providers and other stakeholders to reach collective understanding of the whole pathway involved in rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury and to agree upon and implement improvements. We collectively identified significant improvements across information, data, communications and the design of the rehabilitation pathway and transitions between providers. A number of far reaching changes were introduced, including piloting a new internationally validated tool for understanding client progress and outcomes and the development of a platform for sharing data and insight between providers across the rehabilitation pathway. One of the key results from this project was the identification of sustainable approaches to achieving ongoing leadership and collective impact.

    Client
    ACC
    Skills
    Service review and design, co-design, collective impact
  • Review of Refugee Health Screening Service

    This project involved an operational review of the national refugee screening service. We used detailed mapping of current service and patient flows based on analysis and stakeholder feedback. The project was oriented toward identifying opportunities in improving operational efficiencies.

    Client
    Auckland Regional Public Health Service
    Skills
    Service review and design, analysis, capacity planning
  • Tackling Obesity in Maori Communities

    We used a system-mapping method to incorporate a Maori perspective to international obesity research. We collaborated with two Maori communities utilising a Maori approach (Atua Matua) to obesity prevention and overall health promotion. Our purpose was to describe the approach being used in operational terms, with a focus on the key interactions driving change. We further sought to inform the development of Casual Loop Diagrams (CLDs) that support ongoing learning of those involved and translation of the approach to support other indigenous communities. The research was based in the United States and funded by the National Institute for Health (NIH) and the Global Obesity Prevention Centre at John Hopkins University (JHU).

    Client
    John Hopkins University
    Skills
    Research, systems thinking & design, cultural understanding, population health
  • Survey analyst support and capacity building

    Synergia was commissioned to provide data-analysis expertise to Sticks ‘n Stones, a student-led group advocating for positive online experiences. Drawing on the principles of evaluation capacity building strategies, Synergia supported the skill development and rigorous analysis of the survey date by Sticks ‘n Stones members. This included the use of example questions, a coaching workshop, online tutorials and mentoring. The process of using these strategies with a group of young people was later presented at the ANZEA Conference 2016.

    Client
    Sticks ‘n Stones
    Skills
    Analytics, facilitation, co-design, coachin
  • Mason Clinic Facilities Planning

    Synergia worked with the clinical and property teams at the Mason Forensic Psychiatric Clinic to assess the issues, options and implications for the clinic to expand its current location or move to a new location that could accommodate future growth. The investigation included demand-modelling and analysis of supply options such as high level costings. Components were synthesised and assessed by matrix used in collaboration with stakeholders to explore the viability of different options at various timeframes within the future. This report was used to inform decisions on planning for the long-term future of the Mason Clinic.

    Client
    Waitemata District Health Board
    Skills
    Analysis, review, facilitating needs assessment, options analysis
  • Auckland Hospices Innovation Proposal

    This project involved collaborating with CEs and clinical leaders from six Auckland hospices to develop a set of service development initiatives that would improve access to primary palliative care for the diverse regional population. Synergia developed a high quality proposal within a tight timeframe, with endorsement from the National Review Group. The proposal is set to drive the application of $22 million new resources into the Auckland palliative care system over the next decade.

    Client
    Hospices of Auckland
    Skills
    Service design, analytics, alliance development, business case development
  • Evaluation of new graduate nurse employment scheme (VLCA initiative)

    This project was to evaluate the implementation and impacts of one-off funding for new graduate nurses’ employment in Very Low Cost Access (VLCA) general practices that serves high needs populations (defined as Maori, Pacific or Quintile 5 populations). We used a formative mixed-methods approach that included a nationwide survey focusing on 48 practices across and within the initiative, including five site visits, an interview and analysis of practice-level data. The findings were used to support the next stage of of the initiative, with the final report providing a formal overall judgement of success, as well as informing future funding rounds.

    Client
    Ministry of Health
    Skills
    Evaluation, engagement, analysis
  • ATD and POAC Review

    This project involved reviewing the primary options available for acute care, access to diagnostics and community radiology to identify opportunities for integration and future service models. We used extensive data analysis using advanced data linkage techniques, stakeholder engagement and collaborative design approaches. The review identified opportunities with future regional infrastructure and explored options for establishing a new service.

    Client
    Northern Regional Alliance
    Skills
    Analytics, co-design, service review and design, engagement, primary healthcare
  • Whakawhetu

    Synergia is partnering with Dr Reena Kainamu to evaluate Whakawhetu; an initiative designed to reduce unexpected death in infancy amongst Maori. We engaged a broad range of stakeholders involved in training processes potentially relevant to Maori infancy death, including Taumata, community health workers, nurses, lead maternity carers, service managers and other health professionals. This project is underpinned by a Kaukapa Maori approach and our partnership with Reena has supported and strengthened our existing skills and competencies in engaging Maori.

    Client
    UniServices
    Skills
    Evaluation, understanding of cultural diversity, partnering, facilitation
  • Te Whiringa Ora: Manawanui Whai Ora Kaitiaki

    An evaluation was undertaken to better understand the implementation of the previous evaluation methodology to aid future implementation and transferability of the model, and assess its impacts and potential service directions in health literacy, patient activation and collaboration/shared decision-making with health providers. The evaluation involved an analysis of practice and hospital data, as well as interviews with service users and staff.

    Client
    Healthcare NZ
    Skills
    Evaluation, understanding of cultural diversity, facilitation
  • Palliative Care Pathway Modelling

    Synergia used qualitative and quantitative mapping and modelling techniques to help local Northern Sydney communities better understand the drivers of demand and resource requirements for palliative care, as communicated in the recently released “Blueprint for Palliative Care.”

    Client
    Northern Sydney ML
    Skills
    Systems modelling, health networks, service design
  • Think Differently

    Synergia worked with the Ministry of Social Development on the Think Differently campaign to evaluate multiple development and funding projects designed to reduce social exclusion of disabled communities and individuals throughout New Zealand. Our work involved engaging with stakeholders from a broad range of sectors and backgrounds using online surveys and interviews, and developing evaluation and monitoring frameworks for use in ongoing data collection. These sources of data were brought together to provide insight into the implementation and achievements of all the funding projects.

    Client
    Ministry of Social Development
    Skills
    Evaluation, engagement, project management, co-design, data analysis
  • Pain Management Services Formative Evaluation

    Synergia conducted developmental evaluation of ACC’s Pain Management Services Demonstration. The evaluation supported the testing and refining of the demonstration service model and its implementation processes on a regional scale prior to national implementation, using multiple data collection points to provide rapid feedback to ACC and inform the national procurement process for the new service model. Data was collected from ACC staff, service providers, ACC clients and stakeholders.

    Client
    ACC
    Skills
    Evaluation, analytics, facilitation, project management
  • An Evaluation of the Commission-led Safe Use of Opioids National Formative Collaboration

    Synergia evaluated the client’s application of the collaborative evaluation methodology and its role in reducing opioid-related harm, developing bundles of care, increasing DHBs’ improvement science capability, creating a reusable clinical network, and supporting the development of an effective approach to measure the implementation and achievements of the methodology.

    A process and outcome evaluation was conducted using a mixed-methods approach. The final report was commended by HQSC Board.

    Client
    Health Quality & Safety Commission
    Skills
    Evaluation, analytics, engagement