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Patient Safety Week

Aotearoa Patient Safety Day
26 June 2019

Planning for Patient Safety Week | Wiki Haumaru Tūroro (3–9 November 2019) continues. This year we are again partnering with ACC to promote the week.

This year’s theme is ‘Improving communication by understanding implicit bias in health care’.

Resources for health professionals

The main resource being developed is education and training videos that will cover:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi, colonisation and the link to health inequities
  • consumer stories
  • the importance of cultural safety
  • recognising and overcoming implicit bias
  • an emergency department case study
  • best practice communication
  • how to find out more.

Also available will be:

  • webinars about implicit bias and effective communication
  • posters to encourage health professionals to view the videos and attend group viewings of the videos
  • a website page with links to communication tools and resources, as well as details of medical colleges’ and societies’ requirements around cultural competency and the tools they have available.
Call to action

Health professionals will be encouraged to:

  • watch the videos and undertake the associated learning activities
  • undertake further learning about cultural safety, implicit bias and communication
  • use Patient Safety Week to notice and reflect on how you interact with others in a range of situations - what do you see, think or feel?
  • talk about implicit bias within their own clinical teams to support behaviour change.

Check the Commission’s website and our e-Digest for further updates.