3 Sep 2021 | Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee
This is an update from the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (the PMMRC) about the first principles review of the national mortality review function, the next PMMRC report and other PMMRC-related matters.
The first principles review of the national mortality review function announced by the Health Quality & Safety Commission on 8 July 2021 aims to reflect on whether the value and contribution mortality review makes to system improvement in health and across government can be enhanced. A particular focus will be how the national mortality review function can give true effect to the Crown’s responsibilities under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
The review is timely because of the significant health reforms underway. It also allows the PMMRC to take stock of the past year and the impact of its work.
To free up the time and resource required for the Commission to support and facilitate the substantive review, a six-month pause in some of the routine work of the mortality review committees, including PMMRC quarterly meetings and member appointments/re-appointments, has been put in place through to January 2022.
The review and concurrent pause in appointments means the PMMRC will not be able to engage in the thorough contextual analysis and interpretation of PMMRC data until early 2022. At this stage the PMMRC plans to release a dual report in late 2022 outlining mortality in babies and mothers, and serious morbidity from neonatal encephalopathy.
It is proposed the report will:
The PMMRC will use the report findings to work with the sector to improve outcomes for mothers and babies in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Here are some high-level updates on other PMMRC-related matters:
Thank you to all those in the sector who are supporting the work of the PMMRC. In this time of transformational change, it is important that we continue to support each other to make valuable and sustained impact to improve the outcomes of women and their babies, families and whānau.