Through its programmes the Commission provides support across the whole health and disability sector to improve service safety and quality.
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.
Infection Prevention & Control
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.
Reducing Harm From Falls
This programme aims to reduce the harm that people can suffer if they fall and hurt themselves - especially older people receiving care, whether in hospital, residential care, or in their own home.
Reporting adverse events (often referred to as incidents) assists health services to manage the risks of clinical care.
Health Quality Evaluation
This programme establishes baseline measures and indicators which can be used to assess the quality of the health and disability system.
Partners In Care
Partners in care involves actively engaging consumers in decision making about health and disability services at every level, including governance, planning and policy development.
The Commission is increasing its focus on primary care and community services, aged residential care and disability services. The Primary Care programme aims to increase quality improvement capability in these areas.
Safe Surgery NZ
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.