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Mataora: Encounters between medicine and the arts

EVENT: 12 Oct 2019, Health Quality & Safety Commission

Mataora: Encounters between Medicine and the Arts is a brand new event exploring a view of medicine and health that values imaginative and philosophical responses along with clinical and scientific thinking.

Kōrero on over-diagnosis and over-treatment with Dr Peter Kuling

NEWS: 9 Apr 2019

A healthy 50-year-old man and father of three was symptom free but proceeded with a PSA test. The results were slightly high, so he went for a biopsy. During the biopsy he got an infection which caused a stroke due to a septic embolus, and he lost f

Think twice about that medical test or treatment this summer

NEWS: 16 Jan 2019, Health Quality & Safety Commission

Summer in New Zealand is about days at the beach, the sound of cicadas and the smell of melting tar. But for some people it can also be synonymous with having skin rashes and sore knees and backs from gardening or backyard cricket; not to mention tennis..

Reshaping the rules at Hutt Valley DHB

NEWS: 24 Jul 2018, Health Quality & Safety Commission

Staff at Hutt Valley District Health Board (DHB) are being encouraged to speak up if they think an aspect of patient care isn’t working, or is unnecessary, and suggest a better approach.

Primary care engaging with whānau where they are

NEWS: 22 Jun 2018, Primary Care

Turanga Health's Māori whanāu health project is one of the six successful initiatives chosen for the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s Whakakotahi 2018 primary care quality improvement challenge.

Encouraging doctors to question key to Choosing Wisely success

NEWS: 2 May 2018, Health Quality & Safety Commission

The Commission is a partner in the Council of Medical College’s Choosing Wisely campaign. The campaign encourages health professionals to question current practice and to talk to patients about the potential risks and benefits of undergoing tests...

Children living in poorest areas three times more likely to die

MEDIA RELEASE: 26 Apr 2018, Child & Youth Mortality Review Committee

Children and young people living in the most deprived areas are three times more likely to die in childhood or adolescence than those living in the least deprived areas, a report has found.

The ripple effect

NEWS: 9 Mar 2018, Partners in Care

Te Rina Ruru’s life changed the morning her brother Ray had a car accident which left him with a traumatic brain injury. She was 16 at the time and struggled to cope. Te Rina shared her story at the Commission’s Let’s talk forum on 8–9 March.

Medication safety: Fatal prescription

NEWS: 27 Feb 2018, Medication Safety

A recently published article in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology highlights system issues contributing to medication errors.

South Auckland providers responding to gout

NEWS: 16 Nov 2017, Primary Care

A rising tide of gout is being responded to by South Auckland general practice Papakura Marae Health Clinic and National Hauora Coalition (a collective of Māori service providers).