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Zero seclusion: It’s about teamwork

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The mental health and addiction sector is aware that the goal we have set of eliminating seclusion is ambitious. Internationally there is evidence that seclusion causes harm to those who receive it, and it is recognised as contravening basic human rights. Yet we know the practice still continues in many of our district health board in-patient units today.

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.

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Why eliminating seclusion by 2020 is an aspirational goal

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The Commission recently announced that our mental health and addiction quality improvement team will work alongside Te Pou, the national KPI programme and DHB mental health and addiction services to achieve the aspirational goal of Zero seclusion: towards eliminating seclusion by 2020.

New study finds unnecessary health tests and procedures waste millions

NEWS: 22 Feb 2018, Health Quality & Safety Commission

The Council of Medical Colleges says a new study that found hundreds of thousands of patients in the US state of Washington received unnecessary tests, procedures and treatments is further endorsement of New Zealand’s Choosing Wisely campaign.

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Gauging success for surgical site infection improvement

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This article provides a summary of an interim evaluation of the surgical site infection imporovement programme, and makes the point that a key aspect of many quality improvement programmes is that their success can’t be evaluated over a short time-span.

Choosing Wisely forum announced

NEWS: 14 Dec 2017, Health Quality & Safety Commission

The Council of Medical Colleges is running a forum in Wellington for those already using Choosing Wisely in their practice, and those who would like to but don’t quite know where to start.

Open4Results – December 2017

PUBLICATION: 14 Dec 2017, Health Quality Intelligence

Open4Results is a six-monthly report on the harm prevented, and money saved, in areas the Health Quality & Safety Commission focuses on or raises awareness about.

Local QI projects underway in mental health & addiction sector

NEWS: 14 Dec 2017, Mental Health & Addiction Quality Improvement

A few months after the new quality improvement facilitator training course, participants from DHBs and NGOs across the country have started to drive local projects to improve mental health and addiction services.

Learning from adverse events report 2016–17

PUBLICATION: 24 Nov 2017, Adverse Events

This is the annual adverse events report published by the Health Quality & Safety Commission. The report covers adverse events reported by New Zealand's 20 district health boards (DHBs) and other providers.