Reports and releases

Evaluation of the sustainability of early childhood education services during the implementation of Pathways to the Future: Nga Huarahi Arataki

A ten-year strategic plan for early childhood education (ECE): Pathways to the Future – Ngā Huarahi Arataki, was launched in September 2002. A new funding system for ECE was introduced in April 2005, together with substantial increases in Government funding for ECE services. Health Outcomes International (HOI) was engaged by the Ministry of Education to evaluate the sustainability of ECE services in the context of these changes.

Independent Evaluation of the Implementation of Digital Mammography at BreastScreen Waitemata and Northland

The National Screening Unit (NSU) engaged Health Outcomes International Pty Ltd (HOI) to conduct an independent evaluation of the implementation of digital mammography (DM) at Breast Screen Waitemata and Northland (BSWN).

How do effective schools manage their finances?

This 3-year study of 18 effective New Zealand schools was funded by the NZ School Trustees’ Association and undertaken by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) and HOI. The schools provided a range of location, roll size, and socio-economic decile. The study focused on financial management, to gain some real insight into funding decisions and the factors that influence those decisions, and the use of government operational funding and locally raised funds to meet their students’ needs. Finding out what is needed to accomplish this provides valuable pointers to the adequacy of school funding.

Review of Medihotels: Future Directions

The Department of Human Services Victoria (DHS) engaged Health Outcomes International (HOI) Pty Ltd in March 2006, to: “Review the models of care and performance of Medihotels and provide recommendations on ongoing management and funding”.

Needle and Syringe Program Review 2007

Health Outcomes International (HOI) was engaged to conduct a review of the of the Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program’s (SHBBVP) statewide Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) on behalf of the Department of Health Western Australia (DoH). The primary aim of the review was to identify gaps in existing services and opportunities for improving the accessibility, quality and effectiveness of the statewide NSP services.

Evaluation of the Home Based Support Service (HBSS) Training Initiative

This report presents the findings of an independent evaluation of the Home Based Support Services Training Initiative which set up and tested an assessment and training framework in foundation skills throughout New Zealand. A variety of organisations contributed to the planning, governance and implementation of the project including Careerforce (Community Support Services ITO), the NZ Home Health Association, providers, consumers, unions, District Health Boards of New Zealand, District Health Boards, and ACC.

The Training Initiative achieved its goals which were to: 

  • Develop and support the implementation of training and assessment for HBSS support workers to attain the National Certificate. 
  • Test the training and assessment infrastructure and processes for HBSS support workers to attain the National Certificate; and 
  • Boost foundation level training of support workers in the HBSS sector.

Methods and Systems Used to Measure and Monitor Occupational Disease and Injury in NZ

Occupational disease accounts for greater mortality and morbidity than occupational injuries, but is harder to diagnose, measure, and monitor for a range of reasons, including long latency periods after exposure, difficulties distinguishing occupational diseases from non-occupational diseases, and a lack of awareness about the occupational origins of some diseases.