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1 Aug 2009
New Zealand has significant problems in recruiting, training and retaining adequate numbers of appropriate health and disability services workers. This is most likely to worsen.The planning and funding of the training of the New Zealand health and disability services workforce is iterative, ad hoc and poorly coordinated.

Mar 2014
Variation in medical practice has become a major topic of inquiry for health services researchers. Investigators have frequently documented variation in the way in which health services are delivered, both among individual clinicians and across geographic areas, and have found that such variation often cannot be explained by...

Oct 2012
The Safe Surgery Saves Lives initiative was established by the World Alliance for Patient Safety as part of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) efforts to reduce the number of surgical deaths across the world. The surgical safety checklist (the checklist) is intended to give surgical teams a...

Sep 2013
In 2011, the Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission) made a decision to separate district health board (DHB) mental health and addictions services serious adverse events (SAEs) from the main SAE report, and to support the sector in its approach to reviewing and reporting SAEs. The following report is the...

Dec 2014
Patient Safety Week was an awareness raising week run by the Health Quality & Safety Commission as part of the Open for better care campaign. The purpose of the week, which ran from 3 to 9 November 2014, was to: create focus, energy, momentum and raise...

Oct 2013
This report presents and summarises findings from an evaluation of the Financial Assistance Package (FAP) for leaky homes. It has been written by the Infrastructure and Resource Markets Research, Evaluation and Analysis team within the Strategy and Governance group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)....

Aug 2013
Background Health literacy is defined by the Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC) as: "The degree to which individuals can obtain, process and understand health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions"...

Dec 2012
This report contributes to the Reducing Harm from Falls national programme of the Health Quality & Safety Commission. The aim is to present the evidence for investment in strategies to prevent falls and fall injuries, so that effective strategies which will reduce the costs of falls can be integrated...

2 Jan 2010
The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act) came into force in September 2004. The Act provides a framework for regulating health professions to ensure the public is protected from harm when receiving health services. The Act currently regulates 21 health professions. Section 115 of the...

Nov 2013
Patient falls resulting in harm are one of the most frequently reported adverse events in hospitals. Of the 730 serious adverse events reported by district health boards (DHBs) in New Zealand in 2010–12, 365 were patient falls (averaging one every other day); of those, 170 were associated with a hip fracture, typically adding an...

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