Quality Improvement Scientific Symposium 2019

  • Event start: 10 Oct 2019 9:00am
  • Event end: 10 Oct 2019 5:00pm
  • Location: Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is hosting its 5th annual scientific symposium featuring keynote speakers, peer-reviewed papers, and learning and networking opportunities.

You can download the event flyer here (194KB, PDF).

This symposium is for health care quality improvement practitioners and focuses on the science of health care improvement, by highlighting improvement methodology.

This year’s theme: From knowledge to action: ready, set, grow, focuses on growing, harvesting and sharing the knowledge that will drive improvement action across all fields of health care.

Participants will:

  • share what has been learned from applying scientific methods to health and health care improvement
  • network with colleagues interested in using scientific methods to improve health and health care
  • discuss challenges in applying and disseminating scientific approaches to health and health care improvement
  • create a common understanding of how to apply and disseminate scientific methods to improve health and health care.

QISS2019 web banner Apr2019


The final symposium programme is now available to download (113KB, PDF).

Call for abstracts 

The call for abstracts closed on 22 July 2019. Successful presenters will be contacted soon.

Share your work 

There are three categories open for abstract submissions. Is your initiative a ‘seed’, ‘sprout’ or ‘plant’?


‘Seeds’ are quality improvement projects which have only recently commenced. The project/initiatives are intended to improve care; however, they are too young to have results. The symposium is your opportunity to seek input, inspire collaboration and motivate action at an early stage.

Selected ‘seed’ abstracts will be presented as posters or storyboards, which will be on display in the catering space of the symposium venue.


Your initiative is a ‘sprout’ if it is underway and has some early results but not yet showing sustained improvement over time. Include ‘how-to’ tips, clearly explain and demonstrate the improvement methodology and any lessons you can share with symposium participants.

‘Sprout’ abstracts can be submitted for oral presentation or poster/storyboard display.


Your initiative is a ‘plant’ if it is complete with results that demonstrate changes in processes and outcomes, and shows sustained improvement over time with potential for, or has achieved, spread. Include ‘how-to’ tips, clearly explain and demonstrate the improvement methodology and any lessons you can share with symposium participants.

‘Plant’ abstracts can be submitted for oral presentation or poster/storyboard display.

Choose your theme

Individuals or groups are invited to submit abstracts that relate to one of the themes of the symposium:

  1. From knowledge to action – building capability & leadership
  2. Safety
  3. Quality, Cost, Value
  4. Equity/Māori health gain
Submission guidelines

Download the 2019 abstract submission guidelines here.

Submission templates 

Download your abstract submission template in doc. format here:

Get started on your submission

Create your online profile and get started on your submission at one of the following links:

Keynote speakers

JeanFredericLevesque Apr2019Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque

Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), New South Wales (NSW), Australia

Dr Jean-Frédéric Levesque joined the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation as chief executive in June 2017. He was previously chief executive of the Bureau of Health Information for four years.

Dr Levesque brings to the ACI leadership in health care system analysis and improvement, combining experience in clinical practice in refugee health and tropical medicine, in clinical governance and in academic research. He is a member of the Strategic Analytic Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Health Information and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He has held senior positions responsible for publicly reporting information about the Canadian health system at the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec and the Commissaire a la santé et au bien-etre du Québec.

Dr Levesque has a Doctorate in Public Health, a Masters in Community Health and a medical degree from the Université de Montréal, Canada. He is a Conjoint Professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity of the University of New South Wales. His research focuses on how different models of care impact on patient outcomes and experiences of care. In 2011-12, he was a Visiting Academic at the University of Melbourne.

DarleneCox Apr2019Darlene Cox

HealthCare Consumers, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Australia

Darlene has been involved in the consumer movement since the late 1990s. She is an eminent advocate for health consumers with an excellent knowledge of the health system in Australia. Darlene has a strong, practical understanding of community engagement principles. She has been the executive director of Health Care Consumers’ Association Incorporated since 2008. She is a board member of the Capital Health Network and is also a member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) Community Reference Group and the Consumer Reference Group for Wiser Health Care. She has had a long standing interest in improving the quality and safety of heath care and has been involved with the Australian Medical Council, Australian Commission for the Safety and Quality of Health Care and the the National Prescribing Service, most recently as a member of the Choosing Wisely Advisory Group.

Dates to note

6 May 2019 Call for abstracts opens
22 July 2019 Abstract submissions close (extended) 
14 August 2019 Notify applicants of results
9 September 2019 Deadline for presenter registration


The cost to attend is $120 + GST per person

Individual registration: https://hqsc.eventsair.com/qiss19/register
Group registration: https://hqsc.eventsair.com/qiss19/group

More information

For more information, check this page for updates or email events@hqsc.govt.nz.

Last updated 30/09/2019