The Commission, in conjunction with the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and three Wellington-based district health boards (DHBs), has established a collaborative to assist age-related residential care (ARRC) facilities learn about quality improvement.

Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs are assisting ARRC facilities in the region to learn about and apply quality improvement tools, to strengthen their existing falls prevention programmes.

During the course of the 10-month collaborative, the facilities will learn from each other and review the latest evidence-based interventions to reduce harm from falls, and apply the learning by undertaking small tests of change back in their own workplace. This approach ensures the staff providing care are given the tools, knowledge and direction to develop their own solutions to falls prevention. The collaborative will be evaluated at its conclusion in June 2014.

The collaborative is led by a small team who will coach and support all participants, visit individual facilities and assist with data collection and measurement.

Further information on the collaborative, including presentations and videos from the learning sessions, are available on the sub-pages in the left-hand menu.

Collaborative team
Project coordination: Lee Henley, ACC Programme Manager
Quality improvement advice: Sarah Harris, Improvement Advisor
Clinical leads:

Sandy Blake, Director of Nursing, Whanganui DHB

Judith Johnson, Clinical Advisor, NZ Aged Care Association


Last updated 13/10/2016