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Quality Improvement Scientific Symposium 2023

Building Leadership & Capability

Call for abstracts

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is hosting its 8th scientific symposium for health care quality improvement practitioners. We now invite submissions for posters and presentations.

The theme for the 2023 symposium is: Whole-systems quality: Better together.

2022/23 important dates

17 October 2022:
                      Call for abstracts

Early November 2022:          Registrations open

10 February 2023:                     Abstract deadline

10 March 2023:                          Notification of acceptance

31 March 2023:                          Deadline for presentation registration

10 May 2023:                              Quality Improvement Scientific Symposium

2023 Abstract categories

Three (3) categories are open for abstraction submissions: seed, sprouts and plants.


Seeds’ are ideas which have just been sown. They are promising ideas and ways for improving care, which are too young to have results. The symposium is your opportunity to seek input, inspire collaboration and motivate action at an early stage. Seed proposals are only for poster or storyboard presentations. 


Your initiative is a ‘sprout’ if it is underway and has some early results but not yet showing sustained improvement over time. Include ‘how-to’ tips, clearly explain, and demonstrate the improvement methodology and any lessons you can share with symposium participants. Your initiative does not have to be considered a success – failures provide valuable learning opportunities too!


Your initiative is a ‘plant’ if it is complete with results that demonstrate changes in processes and outcomes and shows sustained improvement over time with potential for, or has achieved, spread. Include ‘how-to’ tips, clearly explain, and demonstrate the improvement methodology and any and lessons you can share with symposium participants.

Sprouts’ and ‘plants’ are for oral presentation or poster/storyboard display. Proposals that are not accepted for oral presentation may be offered the opportunity to display a poster or storyboard instead.

2023 Abstract themes

The theme for the 2023 symposium is based on the Wai2575 principles and you will need to select one of the following themes which your presentation will best fit:

  • pātuitanga (partnership)
  • active protection
  • options
  • tino rangatiratanga
  • equity

Abstract forms

All relevant documentation for abstract submissions can be located below.  For further information, please contact Andrea at:

Submission guidelines

QISS abstract submission guidelines (238KB, pdf  | 1.2MB docx).

Abstract submission forms

Seed submission form (74KB, docx).

Sprout submission form (74KB, docx).

Plant submission form (75KB, docx).

Call for speakers form

Speaker proposal template (118KB, docx).

Quick fire rapid tips

Quick fire rapid tips 2023 (155KB, pdf  | 146KB, docx).

Submission details and deadline

Submissions close at midnight on Friday 10 February 2023.  Please submit all relevant documentation to

Please ensure you read submissions guidelines above.

About the event

Our 2023 symposium will be an in-person event at the Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, providing opportunities for attendees to: 

  • share what has been learned from applying scientific methods to health care improvement
  • network with like-minded colleagues
  • discuss challenges in applying and disseminating scientific approaches to health care improvement
  • create a common understanding of how to apply and disseminate scientific methods to improve health and health care.

Registrations now open