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Our Awards

Dining Out Programme - Winner of Fine Food NZ Innovation Award 2016 

We are so thrilled to announce that our Dining Out Programme (DOP) won the ‘Most Innovative Foodservice Product’ at the Fine Food NZ Innovation Awards on 26th June 2016. Find out more about the DOP here.














From left: Pip McKay, Anna Richards, Carl Sunderland, Keith Clark and Dona White.

Coeliac NZ are extremely proud to announce that our new paediatric diagnosis pathway and partnership with Starship Hospital won a 2015 ADHB Health Excellence Award last Thursday evening.

The award was in the category, ‘Excellence in Community Health and Wellbeing’ for the project officially titled, 'Transforming the way we care for children with coeliac disease in Auckland'.

This was for the implementation of a new management pathway for coeliac disease which has lead to:

  • Quicker diagnosis and communication of results
  • Management in the community via community dietitians, GPs and peer-to-peer support via Coeliac New Zealand
  • Cost savings to the DHB
  • Improvement in waiting times for out-patients appointments for other gastro and liver patients by moving coeliac management to the community experts

A huge thank you to the Starship and CNZ team who collaborated on this award-winning project:

Paul Birch, Performance Improvement Specialist

Dr Simon Chin, Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Dr Barnett Bond, Director of General Practice

Dr Helen Evans, HOD & Paediatric Hepatologist & Gastroenterologist

Kim Herbison, Senior Paediatric Dietitian

Amy Kostrzewski, Senior Paediatric Dietitian

Carl Sunderland, GM of Coeliac New Zealand

Dr Helen Evans stated, “It has been a privilege to work with this team and provide the clinical leadership oversight but actually, the task was very easy for me. This award has really inspired me to look at other quality improvement initiatives not just in paediatric gastroenterology but other areas of paediatric medical specialities. To achieve a Health Excellence Award is no small task. The other nominees were very impressive, making our own achievement all the more special.”

This project took a huge amount of hard work, is a massive step forward and hopefully this award will mean other DHBs will take note and take up this process.

Take a look at our submission video, below.

Transforming the way we care for children diagnosed with coeliac disease in Auckland from Auckland DHB on Vimeo.

Read a news article about the pathway, here.

The CNZ Team.