Our untold story
As well as the many vital commercial services we provide, there’s a broad range of other things Southern Cross does behind the scenes, to make Kiwis’ lives better.
Charity is close to our heart
Every year people who are not able to be seen in the public system within an appropriate time frame, and who cannot fund surgery themselves, can receive much-needed treatment with the support of the Southern Cross Health Trust.
In the past four years, more than $1.2m of charitable surgeries have been performed.
We also support a wide range of other organisations including Revive-a-Smile, Smile NZ Free Dental Day, Sweet Louise, Dove Hospice, Auckland City Mission Calder Clinic and the SPCA.
To date, our dental initiatives have helped over 6,000 low income New Zealanders access life changing dental care free of charge.
Supporting New Zealand’s health workforce
We actively help nurses with their professional development and recognition. In fact, we’re the only non-public organisation that has a graduate nurse training programme. Our commitment to developing our nursing workforce includes employing 20-30 graduate nurses within our hospital network each year. We also support other nurses to retrain to fill a nationwide shortage of anaesthetic assistant roles in all New Zealand hospitals.
Making the most of what we no longer need
Recycled materials from our businesses find their way into everything from bicycle frames (made from discarded aluminium anaesthetic bottles sent to Tiwai Point) to playground mats (made from old hospital PVC bags that held saline solution).
We’re also looking at ways to keep tonnes of material out of landfills via a new waste system and a comprehensive recycling and staff education programme to ensure our materials end up in proper waste streams.
We have transformed discarded medical equipment into a sculpture with the help of Hamilton artist Marti Wong.
A wealth of knowledge
We want New Zealanders to have access to quality information they can trust about the medical issues that matter to them. Every year we help over 700,000 Kiwis access information about common medical conditions through our free online medical library. Last year, we had over 3 million visits. Among our most popular pages were tonsillitis, bronchitis, strep throat, pneumonia and varicose veins.
We also support Choosing Wisely, a health professional-led, patient-focused initiative that encourages patients and health professionals to have well-informed conversations around treatment options.
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