The Health Quality & Safety Commission works with health professionals, patients and consumers across health and disability services to improve the quality and safety of care. It’s about doing the right thing – and doing it right the first time.
The Medication Safety Programme aims to greatly reduce the number of New Zealanders harmed each year by medication errors in our hospitals, general practices, aged care facilities and across the entire health and disability sector.
Healthcare associated infection is one of the most frequent adverse events in health care worldwide. Up to 10 percent of patients admitted to modern hospitals in the developed world acquire one or more infections.
Harm from a fall can change a patient’s life – it’s the number one reason for admission to aged residential care. We are compelled to do something; we must do whatever we can to reduce patient harm from falls.
Reporting adverse events or incidents helps health services manage the risks of providing care. Incident management identifies problems and failures in the system so we can learn from them and prevent similar events from happening in the future.
The Commission supports consumer participation and decision making about health and disability services at every level – including governance, planning, policy, setting priorities, and highlighting quality issues.
This programme aims to improve the quality and safety of health care services provided to patients undergoing surgery in hospital. It focuses on preventing adverse events which can harm patients.
The Commission has further programmes under development to improve the quality and safety of health and disability services. More information on these programmes and other topics can be found in this section.
Summary of News, Events, Media Releases, and Blog Entries
- Bestselling US health writer Dr Atul Gawande gives Wellington public lecture
Feedback sought on DHB guide for engaging consumers
The Health Quality & Safety Commission's Partners in Care programme is developing a practical guide to help New Zealand district health boards improve their consumer engagement, particularly at policy and governance levels.
- Commission forum a rare opportunity to hear and talk with Dr Atul Gawande
- Individual surgeons’ performance data of limited value, says Atul Gawande
- Atul Gawande makes the case for bananas, cocktails and cookies
- Atul Gawande emphasises the fundamental importance of system-building
- Sponsorship for consumers and providers to attend the 2015 APAC Forum
- Nurses on the front line of quality improvement
- Hospitals increasingly turn to patients for advice
- Gidday my name is...
- Waitakere Health Link newsletter – May 2015
- IHI team to support opioid collaborative
- Postoperative NZ mortality data 'a driver for surgical safety'