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Congratulations to our 2019/20 mental health and addiction quality improvement facilitator course graduates

Mental health & addiction quality improvement
16 July 2020

Mental health and addiction quality improvement facilitator course graduates and Ko Awatea facilitators.

Congratulations to the 18 participants who completed this year’s Health Quality & Safety Commission mental health and addiction (MHA) quality improvement facilitator course. The graduation and celebration event was held online due to COVID-19 on 19 March 2020.

Through the course, participants learn about quality improvement methodologies and tools to help them implement quality and safety improvement projects in mental health and addiction services.

The course is led by the team at Ko Awatea and course facilitators include Suzanne Proudfoot and Ian Hutchby (both Ko Awatea), and Roz Sorensen and Jacqueline Ryan (both Commission national MHA quality improvement programme).

The course covers topics such as process mapping and Ishikawa cause and effect diagrams to plan–do–study–act (PDSA) tests of change, run charts and data analysis. Each participant applies the knowledge learnt to one of the three MHA quality improvement programme priority areas currently underway:

  • Aukatia te noho punanga: E whai ana ki te whakakore i te noho punanga i mua o te 2020 | Zero seclusion: towards eliminating seclusion by 2020 (minimising restrictive care)
  • Te tūhono i ngā manaakitanga, te whakapai ake i ngā whakawhitinga ratonga | Connecting care: improving service transitions
  • Te ako mai i ngā pāmamaetanga me te wheako tāngata whaiora me te whānau | Learning from adverse events and consumer, family and whānau experience.

The full list of graduates is below. We are delighted to profile three of them: Daniel McClean, Jenny MacFadgen and Kerry Weir-Smith. Click on their names to find out how they found the training, the projects they completed and how the overall experience has influenced their work.

Name Organisation
Ann-Maree Voss Lakes DHB 
Ann-Marie Senior South Canterbury DHB 
Claire Barton Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) 3DHBs
Daniel McClean MHAIDS 3DHBs 
Desiree Willemsen Whanganui DHB
Elle Hayes Waikato DHB 
Jacqui Cooke Southern DHB 
Janice Lemon Counties Manukau Health
Jenny MacFadgen West Coast DHB 
John Conneely Hawke’s Bay DHB 
Kerry Weir-Smith MHAIDS 3DHBs
Leoncine Elkington Nelson Marlborough DHB 
Lesley Turner  Waitematā DHB 
Megan McQuarrie Canterbury DHB 
Nathan Harrison Bay of Plenty DHB
Pallavi Mishra Tamaki Health 
Renee Dennis MidCentral DHB
Sharon Logan Waitematā DHB

Congratulations to all the 2019/20 graduates and their project sponsors and teams for their excellent work this year.

Thanks also to the course facilitators and senior improvement advisors Suzanne Proudfoot and Ian Hutchby from Ko Awatea.

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