General Practice Partnership and Support
Better Health was established in 2009 with the objective of developing a more sustainable future for general practice. We are not a corporation but a group of like-minded colleagues who work in partnership to support and grow the best of independent general practice.
What we do
- Work with doctors to turn their medical practices into more valuable, sustainable businesses whilst retaining what we recognise as the heart and soul of general practice
- Invest in general practices by purchasing an interest in the business, usually when one or more of the business owners is looking to retire
- Enable succession planning and exit for existing owners, attractive entry opportunities for new doctors and a well-structured, sustainable business that ensures continuity for patients and staff.
- Recruit doctors and provide career options that have proved successful in attracting high calibre young GPs.
- Work with general practices to provide administration and management support, a cooperative clinical network and a sustainable ownership structure
- Help with the transition to a new generation of owners and use our network and expertise to maintain and grow the business.
Dr Graham McGeoch, MBChB, Dip Obst (Otago), Dip Mus M (Otago), FRNZCGP, Dip Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine
Graham has 28 years' business and clinical experience as a general practitioner mostly at Barrington Medical Centre, 12,500 patients, but also on the West Coast. Graham is a past director of Pegasus Health involved in education and in developing the successful Acute Demand programme. He has been involved in many innovation projects at the interface between secondary and primary care and developed HealthPathways as clinical editor. He is clinical director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, Christchurch Hospital, and is Clinical Adviser to Planning & Funding, Canterbury District Health Board.
Baden Ewart, MPP, MBA, FNZIM, M Inst D
Baden has more than 15 years’ experience within the NZ health sector working in both secondary and primary care settings as a manager – Baden is a past General Manager of Pegasus Health Ltd in Christchurch and Interim General Manager of South Link Health Inc. He is a part-owner of the Merivale Medical Centre (5,600 patients) and has business consulting interests in the health sector as a Director of Mitchell Notley and Associates and on his own account.
David Jones, MBA
David has 27 years' experience as company director and over 20 years in health care management and IT in the UK, Middle East and New Zealand. He has a track record in start-ups, innovation and development and his experience includes both secondary and primary care and health insurance. David is a former Manager at Pegasus Health, General Manager of Moorhouse Medical Centre and a health business consultant. He is a director of a number of general practice businesses and a member of the Christchurch PHO Board.
Better Health has a team of professionals with a wealth of experience gained from working in a wide range of practices. The team provides long-term administration services as well as advice and support with specific issues in these areas.
- Practice Management
- Practice Administration
- Finance and Accounting
- Human Resources
Eastgate Integrated Family Health Centre project
Better Health is establishing a unique Integrated Family Health Centre in a purpose built space on the first floor of Eastgate Shopping Centre in eastern Christchurch. The Eastgate IFHC will bring together a range healthcare, social and community services in a way that is entirely unique in Australasia. The wide range of providers will deliver a collective service that supports holistic individual and family mental, emotional, social and physical health and wellbeing.
Linwood Medical Centre is the general practice at the core of the IFHC. It will continue to be open 7 days a week with capacity for more than 10,000 enrolled patients and its walk in service for urgent and after hours care. As well as the medical centre, the IFHC will include pharmacists and a dispensary as well as district nursing, physiotherapy, hand therapy, acupuncture, midwifery, mental health counselling, and occupational therapy services.
To make the IFHC truly a one-stop shop for the community’s health and wellbeing needs, an alliance of NGOs will form a significant part of the centre. The principal social service agencies involved in the core “Alliance” are Aviva (formerly Christchurch Women's Refuge), Barnardos, Family Help Trust, He Waka Tapu and START. In addition to the above providers, the Red Cross Outreach Services and Community Transport team is also committed to operating from the site. Several other relevant community services – Citizen’s Advice Bureau, budget services and family law – have also expressed an interest in being part of the co-location. Staff from government agencies such as the New Zealand Police, Inland Revenue Department and the Ministry of Social Development will be invited to ‘hot-desk’ within the space.
Public library resources through the Linwood Library and Service Centre are already located in part of the space at Eastgate, as well as a gymnasium and children’s play area. The shopping centre also already has a large retail pharmacy and optometrist on the ground floor, with space allocated for audiology and other health and wellness-related stores.
The IFHC one-stop shop on the first floor will be fully operational for service in June 2016.
Better Health has partnered with the Suffolk GP Federation to build and support sustainable general practice in both the UK and New Zealand.
The Suffolk GP Federation is comprised of 61 independent general practices that work together to develop local primary care, address shared challenges and issues, and build sustainable practices for the future.
As part of the Suffolk GP Federation fellowship scheme, we can provide doctors with a range of opportunities to work in New Zealand general practice and experience our beautiful country.
For more information on the Federation and its work, click here.