Review of the national mortality review programme

4 Jul 2012

The Commission is reviewing the national mortality review programme (NZMRP).

Independent consultants MartinJenkins were contracted to provide a Review Report to inform the review. This Report is soon to be discussed by the Board and next steps worked through.

Purpose of the review

  • The overall objective of the review is to ensure the NZMRP is operating as effectively and efficiently as possible to reduce the number of preventable deaths and improve systems (including health and the wider social sector).
  • The review aims to build on the successes of the existing programme and ensure best possible value for money.

Scope of the review

The review is covering all four existing committees and a range of additional emerging priorities. The four existing committees are

  • Child and Youth Mortality Review Committee (CYMRC)
  • Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC)
  • Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC)
  • Perioperative Mortality Review Committee (POMRC).

In addition, the review is considering the role of the Commission in supporting the programme and other relevant committees and structures (for example the Māori Caucus).

Participated in the development of the review report

In the preparation of their report, MartinJenkins received feedback from a wide range of national and DHB stakeholders in mortality review, as well as international experts in a series of interviews and focus groups. Feedback has been provided by:

  • NZMRP Chairs (current and prior)
  • NZMRP Committee members
  • Committee agents
  • Committee Coordinators
  • Consumer representatives
  • Otago DataGroup
  • Epidemiologists
  • National and international mortality review experts
  • Government agencies at local and national levels (including CYF, New Zealand Police, Coroners, the Ministry of Health)
  • DHB stakeholders, including CMOs and Quality staff
  • HQSC board and key secretariat staff.

Further information

For further information about the review or the NZMRP, or to register an interest in the Review, please contact: Shelley Hanifan, Manager, Mortality review.


Last updated 03/04/2013