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Urgent action needed to address ongoing inequity in maternity sector

16 Feb 2021, Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Babies of Māori, Pacific and Indian mothers are still more likely than babies of New Zealand European mothers to die in pregnancy or within the first 28 days, the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee 14th report shows.

Orthopaedic data collection made simpler

9 Feb 2021, Infection Prevention & Control

The Health Quality & Safety Commission has approved an option for district health boards to transition to ‘light surveillance’ for the orthopaedic surgical site infection improvement programme.

Commission farewells outgoing consumer advocate

5 Feb 2021, Partners in Care

The Health Quality & Safety Commission thanks outgoing consumer network and consumer advisory group member, Martine Abel-Williamson, for the valuable contribution she has made to the Commission's work programmes over the past seven years.

An example of effective consumer engagement by HUCHS

28 Jan 2021, Primary Care

In September 2020, the Hutt Union and Community Health Service (HUCHS) launched Te Kete Hauora Patient Advisory Team Workbook which has proven to be an innovative and successful tool in gathering high quality feedback and engagement.

Hikuroawhanau hires
Plan helps whānau face an uncertain future

17 Dec 2020, ACP information for consumers

Two months ago, Tahu Hikuroa died of an aggressive brain tumour leaving behind wife Jo and two young sons. As they navigated their way through numerous treatments, they found that doing an advance care plan helped them face tough decisions.

Palace of Care – Farewell to Perlin Soong

11 Dec 2020, ACP information for consumers

Dr James Jap is a palliative care specialist working in Auckland. In his blog, originally published on Palliverse, he shares the story of Perlin Soong, a 32-year-old with metastatic cancer.