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Midwife recognised for services to perinatal and maternal health

NEWS: 4 Jun 2020, Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee

The Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) congratulates Vicki Masson on her appointment as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020, for services to perinatal and maternal health.

Maternity early warning system (MEWS) virtual grand round presentation

PUBLICATION: 4 Jun 2020, Patient Deterioration

Matthew Drake presents a virtual grand round about the New Zealand national maternity early warning system (MEWS). This presentation is for district health boards (DHBs) to use instead of site visits, while COVID-19 travel restrictions are in place.

District health boards take part in World Hand Hygiene Day 2020

NEWS: 2 Jun 2020, Infection Prevention & Control

District health boards across the country took part in World Hand Hygiene Day on Tuesday 5 May 2020. This article summarises some of the fun and innovative events DHBs shared with the Health Quality & Safety Commission as they celebrated.

Webinar: Caring for complex older people

PUBLICATION: 27 May 2020, Aged Residential Care

Recording of a webinar presented by Dr Michal Boyd in association with Mobile Health: 'Caring for complex older people: tips, tricks and tales from the trenches'.

Pain-relieving medicines for acute pain – information for patients

PUBLICATION: 19 May 2020, Medication Safety

The Health Quality & Safety Commission, Choosing Wisely and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists have developed an information leaflet to help patients, caregivers and whānau use opioid medicines safely, to manage non-cancer pain.

Kōrero mai empowers couple to voice concerns

NEWS: 19 May 2020, Patient Deterioration

When Angela felt her voice wasn’t being heard during her husband Geoff’s stay in Wellington Regional Hospital, the Kōrero mai service supported her to escalate her concerns about his deteriorating health.

Covid-19 and care homes: the myths and realities

NEWS: 19 May 2020, Aged Residential Care

New Zealanders need to remove the stigma from aged care homes and fund them properly, write University of Auckland experts Michal Boyd, Merryn Gott, Jackie Robinson and Aileen Collier.

Teams share progress on mental health projects

NEWS: 15 May 2020, Mental Health & Addiction Quality Improvement

Teams participating in a project for the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s mental health and addiction (MHA) quality improvement programme met for a learning session in February.

COVID-19 clinical advice line for community health providers

NEWS: 14 May 2020, Other Topics

The Ministry of Health's National Telehealth Service has launched a COVID-19 clinical advice line for community health providers, including primary care, pharmacy, midwives and aged residential care providers.

Webinar: Men who use violence

PUBLICATION: 14 May 2020, Family Violence Death Review Committee

The Family Violence Death Review Committee held a webinar in partnership with the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse to present the findings of the FVRDC Sixth Report 'Men who use violence'.

Strength and balance for over-65s the focus of new TV show

NEWS: 29 Apr 2020, Reducing Harm from Falls

The Health Quality & Safety Commission is helping bring an exercise programme for older people to TV screens around New Zealand as part of a new collaboration with TVNZ and partners across the health sector.

Webinar: Coronavirus infections among health care workers

EVENT: 13 May 2020, Infection Prevention & Control

A webinar from the World Health Organization about coronavirus infections among health care workers: what we know about COVID-19 and what we have learned from other outbreaks.

Plan helps whānau face an uncertain future

NEWS: 21 Apr 2020, Advance Care Planning

Tahu Hikuroa has aggressive brain tumours that means his future is uncertain. But, having an advance care plan has helped Tahu and wife Jo to make some tough decisions and feel more in control about what lies ahead.