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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.

Advisory groups hold final meetings for 2020

9 Dec 2020, Mental Health & Addiction Quality Improvement

The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s mental health and addiction quality improvement programme's Māori advisory and consumer advisory groups held their final meetings for 2020 in Wellington last week.

Cheaper, better access needed for long-acting contraception

8 Dec 2020, Health Quality Intelligence

New data highlights low use of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). The data is part of the new Atlas of Healthcare Variation domain on contraceptive use by women, released by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Mental health and addiction quality improvement programme update

3 Dec 2020, Mental Health & Addiction Quality Improvement

Highlights for the MHA quality improvement programme this month include the release of two powerful videos on consumers’ experiences of seclusion, and two well-attended and energising regional away-days for Zero seclusion project teams.

Ō tātou hiranga | What matters to us

2 Dec 2020, ACP information for clinicians

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is hosting a shared decision-making and advance care planning virtual hui for health care workers and managers.

Consumers’ experience of seclusion

1 Dec 2020, Mental Health & Addiction Quality Improvement

We are privileged to be able to share videos of two consumers’ experiences of seclusion. These are the first two in a series of at least six videos about mental health and addiction priority areas.

Urgent global action needed on the overuse of antibiotics

18 Nov 2020, Infection Prevention & Control

As a result of increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines are becoming ineffective, and health workers and the public are urged to unite to take action.

Aotearoa Patient Safety Day webinar

17 Nov 2020, Aotearoa Patient Safety Day

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is hosting a webinar focusing on mental health and wellbeing, as part of activity for Te Rā Haumaru Tūroro o Aotearoa | Aotearoa Patient Safety Day 2020.

Director-General among those thanking COVID response health workers

17 Nov 2020, Aotearoa Patient Safety Day

Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield is among those thanking health care workers for their compassion and commitment during the recent crises in the health and disability sector, including the COVID-19 lockdown and ongoing response.

End of Life Choices Act

12 Nov 2020, ACP information for consumers

In the 2020 election, there was a majority ‘yes’ vote in the End of Life Choice referendum. You may be wondering what this will mean and how you might exercise your choice.

Choosing Wisely international update

12 Nov 2020, Health Quality & Safety Commission

Annually Choosing Wisely holds an international round table for up to two delegates for each Choosing Wisely country to share experiences and plan strategies.

Dr Don Berwick on addressing overuse in the new normal

3 Nov 2020, Health Quality & Safety Commission

Dr Don Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement has highlighted how health care systems and providers have an opportunity to learn and change in response to Covid-19.