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The six Whakakotahi 2018 teams met in Wellington on 28 May 2018 for the first learning session. It was a great opportunity to meet and greet and begin sharing ideas about their quality improvement projects. Each team had the opportunity to present their work from the initial stages of the projects, and to take part in workshops throughout the day.

Associate Professor Sue Crengle, a senior Māori health researcher from the department of preventative and social medicine at the University of Otago, gave insight and ideas into how teams might incorporate equity into their work. Topics included what equity is, how we assess this and how teams might go about it.

Associate Professor Sue Wells, clinical advisor for the Whakakotahi programme, ran through the improvement journey with a focus on using measurement to achieve positive outcomes.

Dr Chris Walsh, director of Partners in Care, Health Quality & Safety Commission, presented on co-design and the importance of consumer engagement in the quality improvement process and what that might look in their projects.

Angela Boswell, consultant from Synergia, shared how Synergia are evaluating the Whakakotahi programme for the Commission.

Sally Nicholl, manager from Hutt Union & Community Health Services shared her team’s reflections and advice from their 2017 Whakakotahi project.

Jane Cullen, quality improvement advisor for Whakakotahi , led the group in a session on using the ‘Plan Do Study Act’ (PDSA) Cycle. Using a set of numbers, the groups used the PDSA cycle to try to determine a theory of change or rule, and then how to apply the rule.

You can review a selection of the teams’ presentations below. 

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Members of the 2018 cohort for Whakakotahi take a break for a group photo during learning session 1.

Published: 4 Nov 2021 Modified: 18 Jul 2023