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The mental health and addiction quality improvement programme

In 2017, the Health Quality & Safety Commission commenced a national mental health and addiction quality improvement programme. The programme uses quality improvement methodology to make improvements to New Zealand’s mental health and addiction sector. Data and measurement guides their activity.

Five priority areas were identified through consultation with the sector. These are:

  1. reducing restrictive practice
  2. improving service transitions
  3. improving medication management and prescribing
  4. learning from serious adverse events and consumer experience
  5. maximising physical health.

The first two priority areas (reducing restrictive practice and improving service transitions) will be introduced in 2018, and the remaining three will be rolled out later in the five year programme. Data and measures associated with the initiatives will be made available on the Commission website as the initiatives get underway.

KPI programme for mental health and addiction services

The national KPI programme for mental health and addiction services is a provider-led and funded initiative in which district health boards and partner non-government organisations report nationally comparable indicators of service performance. The goal of this project is to improve outcomes for people who use mental health and addiction services. The intention is that indicators evolve with government and sector priorities.

The national reporting of consistent and meaningful data is designed to support effective use of resources across the sector. Making these data publicly available is one of the key principles of this project.

Last updated: 3rd December, 2021