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CiLN Advisory Panel update – June 2020

Sunday, 14 June 2020  
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Author: CiLN advisory panel member and senior lecturer in health informatics at Auckland University Karen Day


It’s been a full month! The initial Covid-19 effect is receding in terms of avoiding getting sick, and we are now in recovery as a nation at Alert Level 1 (one week down, many to go!). I was one of the lucky people who was able to work from home, although I was acutely aware of those who handled the front line and now are faced with a large work backlog.


My daily walks to the beach to watch the sun rise are less frequent now as I reconnect with my social world in person and abandon the need for SO MANY Zoom meetings.


Our CiLN conversations showcased the amazing work done by clinicians in the telehealth space, with the swapping of hot tips on video consultations, plans to build more telehealth into ‘business as usual’, and discussions about the strengths and weaknesses of adapting NZePS to the lockdown and the future.


A call arose for the gains achieved in lockdown to be embedded in future practices, which requires significant and sustained effort, funding and leadership. An open letter to Dr Ashley Bloomfield outlining this call, was sent yesterday. We look forward to his response.


In the spirit of this call, a telehealth project emerged from the CiLN discussion. The working title is “Exploring video and phone appointments in general practice: considerations for future proofing telehealth.”


We have formed a core research team of seven people and an advisory group of twelve people. This project has support from the Telehealth Leadership Group. We will be in touch with a more detailed update in Discourse later in the week.


Several phrases were doing the rounds during lockdown: ‘stay safe’ and ‘play it safe’ and now ‘keep one another safe’. CiLN has become a strong and safe community to discuss points of interest, solve problems, and offer practical support to one another.


Let’s keep the conversation going and support one another into the future, aiming at sustaining what we gained from the last few months.


Although I am not Zulu (I am a New Zealander of South African origin) I do find isiZulu (the Zulu language) lyrical. The word ‘ubuntu’ expresses the CiLN spirit – translated it means ‘I am because we are’. It is about our humanity together. I will leave you with a Zulu farewell, ‘sala kahle’ (stay well). 


Read more CiLN Advisory Panel updates:

CiLN Advisory Panel update – May 2020

CiLN Advisory Panel update – April 2020

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