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Getting smart about quality in health care

Getting smart about improving quality in health care

Health Minister Annette King today launched a Ministry of Health document that aims to improve the quality of health care in New Zealand: Improving Quality (IQ): A Systems Approach for the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector.

“New Zealand already offers very high quality health services and many people are committed to improving quality, but there is always room for further improvements,” said Ms King.

"The Improving Quality approach is about New Zealanders receiving safe, quality services that continually improve and put people at the heart of the health system.”

The launch took place at the 3rd Asia Pacific Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care at Auckland's Aotea Centre today.

Ms King said the Improving Quality approach is important in a complex health sector, with decisions being made by a range of people, teams and organisations.

"Building a culture that improves quality involves everyone in the health and disability sector and requires strong leadership at all levels. Improving Quality will be central to achieving our vision for New Zealand's health and disability sector."

The 3rd Asia Pacific Forum has put New Zealand's health system in the international spotlight. Attended by almost 1000 international and national experts, the Forum was organised by two of the world's most prestigious health organisations - the British Medical Journal Publishing Group and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement from the United States.

Improving Quality is available on the Health Ministry website: www.moh.govt.nz

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