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
- February 2015 'Medication Safety Watch' out now
Māori talk about their health experiences
The Health Quality & Safety Commission has partnered with Te Awa Hauora Marae at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (DHB) to develop a series of Māori health-focused videos.
Newly formed Northland Health Consumer Council boosts partnership
Communication between Northland District Health Board (DHB) and the public is about to run smoother courtesy of the region’s first Northland Health Consumer Council.
- Opening address: Safe use of opioids national collaborative
- Children and young people deaths reduced by half since 1980
- Get ready for April Falls 2015!
- Future steps for the Perioperative Harm programme
- Programme delivers better hip/knee op recovery
- Patient experience survey proves its value
- Feedback sought on Health Passport
- Applications open for Māori health scheme
- Update from the safe use of opioids national collaborative
- Winning poster highlights occupation therapy’s role in falls prevention