In 2016, the Commission’s primary care programme team launched the inaugural round of Whakakotahi - primary care quality improvement challenge 2017.

Applicants were invited to submit proposals about any facet, element or area of patient care that they wanted improve through participating in Whakakotahi, and one that was important to their patients/community and to them as providers of care.

Proposals also had to support one or more of the Commission’s three primary care strategic priority areas: equity, integration and consumer engagement.

All of those who applied accepted the ‘challenge’ of applying for a place in Whakakotahi, and stepped up to learn about and apply improvement science to improve the quality of their patients’ care.

Three projects for Whakakotahi 2017

The invitation for Expressions of Interest drew 16 applications, with three teams successfully going through to the improvement phase to start work on their chosen project:

During 2017, the Commission is working closely with the successful applicants on their improvement projects following a structure similar to the IHI breakthrough series (collaborative) methodology, underpinned by the Model for Improvement.

The improvement teams will come together for three group learning events for quality improvement teaching and workshops, idea sharing, and networking. Between these group learning events, the Commission’s quality improvement advisor and project manager will provide virtual (eg, teleconference calls, Skype) and on-site support and mentoring to the improvement teams, as needed. Support is ongoing.

The projects will run for about 18 months. Watch this space to see the outcome of each team's improvement efforts!

More information

For more information on Whakakotahi, or if you have an improvement project in mind and would like to be part of Whakakotahi 2019, please read the most recent expressions of interest documents.

For any questions about the Commission's work in primary care, please email us at

Last updated 12/07/2018