Last updated 29/09/2015

The Health Quality & Safety Commission works with clinicians, providers and consumers to improve health and disability support services.

Quality and safety improvements will mean fewer people harmed, more lives saved, and financial savings within the sector.

Our vision is a world-class and patient-centred health care and disability support system in New Zealand. It’s about doing the right thing – and doing it right.

Our priority is to reduce patient harm from healthcare associated infections, surgery, medication and falls.

The Commission's Open for better care national patient safety campaign focuses on reducing harm in these areas. The campaign encourages health care workers to be ‘open’ to acknowledging mistakes and learning from them, open to working closely with patients and consumers, and open to change, improvement and innovation

Our programme areas include medication safety, infection prevention and control, adverse events, reducing harm from falls, health quality evaluation, consumer engagement, reducing perioperative harm and mortality review.

What we do:

  • Monitor and report on quality and safety
  • Build sector capability for quality and safety improvement
  • Support clinicians to be leaders of quality and safety improvement and follow best practice
  • Build consumer engagement and partnership
  • Support reporting and management of health care incidents
  • Manage mortality review functions
  • Influence the health quality and safety agenda and be a catalyst for change
  • Ensure success in our programme areas.

We work towards achieving the New Zealand Triple Aim for Quality Improvement:

  • improved quality, safety and experience of care
    Triple aim diagram
  • improved health and equity for all populations
  • better value for public health system resources.

For further information about the Commission please see the following documents: