Glossary of health terms & acronyms

A glossary of terms, acronyms and abbreviations used by Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB)​.

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Glossary of health terms & acronyms


    Single Point of Entry. Single Point of Entry is a single point of initial contact when people are referred for certain types of mental health services. ​​


    Southern Cancer Network​

    Secondary birthing facility

    This is a hospital that provides inpatient and outpatient services for women and their babies who experience complications that need additional maternity care involving obstetricians, paediatricians and other specialists. ​

    Secondary Care

    Specialist care that is typically provided in a hospital setting.​


    Service and Food Workers Union ​


    Services to Improve Access​

    SIHMN (South Island Mental Health Network)

    ​SIMHN is a forum of mental health representatives appointed by the six DHBs and is assisted in its work by the South Island Shared Services Agency Ltd (SISSAL).


    ​Sick leave

    SLA (Service Level Alliance)

    ​Part of Alliance Contracting, used for Better, Sooner, More Convenient and elsewhere.


    Specialist Mental Health Services​


    Senior Medical Officer​

    SOI (Statement of Intent)

    ​The Statement of Intent covers three years and is the DHB’s key accountability document to Parliament.  It is a statutory obligation under the Public Finance Act and has a high level focus of key financial and non-financial objectives and targets, similar to an executive summary.


    State Services Commission ​


    Statement of Service Performance​

    SSQS (Service specific quality specifications)

    ​Detailed in Base Provider agreement

    STAT Dispensing

    ​STAT Dispensing refers to all-at-once dispensing by pharmacies.


    Sexually transmitted infection ​


    ​Staff Wellbeing Action Group


    ​Staff Wellbeing Programme

Page last reviewed: 15 January 2016
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