Recommendations for a sustainable severe acute maternal morbidity audit within the Health Quality & Safety Commission

15 Jan 2016 | Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee

This report provides recommendations for a sustainable Severe Acute Maternal Morbidity (SAMM) audit within the Health Quality & Safety Commission, from the Maternal Morbidity Expert Advisory Group (EAG).

The Commission established the Maternal Morbidity EAG and tasked it with providing advice for a sustainable approach to bring the SAMM audit into the Commission, within the context of these existing systems:

  • maternal morbidity review
  • the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee
  • the Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System
  • the Ministry of Health’s Maternal Quality and Safety Programme
  • the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) database.

Guiding thinking on this transition was the Commission’s New Zealand Triple Aim and an emphasis on continuous quality improvement. The advisory group was committed to agree recommendations that improve outcomes for women and babies.

The advisory group identified that, in developing a sustainable solution for transferring the SAMM audit to the Commission, its recommendations should include a wider vision for an integrated national maternal morbidity review and quality improvement system for New Zealand. 

The aim of these recommendations is to develop an active system with the Commission engaging with clinicians, women and their families to address preventable maternal morbidity.

Download the report below.

Last updated 25/01/2022