28 Jun 2012
The Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre (HIIRC) website contains the latest New Zealand and overseas health news and information. This update features the following news stories:
The Health Quality & Safety Commission has recently instigated a programme thought to be the first-of-its-kind. Consumers and clinicians have paired up to take part in the eight-month programme – part of the Partners in Care initiative – designed to provide teams of two with the knowledge and skills to lead a consumer engagement project within a health and disability organisation.
Stories of Māori success in the health and disability sector are celebrated in recently published online profiles on the HIIRC website. These include profiles of John McLeod and Te Apa Māreikura scholarship recipients, Ora Award winners and finalists, national Māori organisations and workforce development programmes.
Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) is planning to demonstrate the physician assistant (PA) role in primary care settings following a successful 12-month demonstration employing two US-trained PAs in general surgery at Counties Manukau DHB.
An 'improving patient flow' toolkit has been developed that provides 10 evidence-based strategies to help DHBs reduce waiting times and improve access to and quality of elective services.
The Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments National Research Project will provide valuable insights into the impact the introduction of the emergency department (ED) health target has had on EDs, hospitals and the wider health system.
Click here to read the HIIRC June update.