The Quality Standard

Quality news for general practice

Issue 11 – October 2017

Kate's column

It’s been great to be out and about over the last few months, since the last newsletter, sharing the work we’ve been doing on strengthening general practice in New Zealand.

We brought together over 130 delegates – and international speakers – for our hugely successful Quality Symposium in late July. The key message of the symposium really resonated with me – technology is changing health and the sector, including the College, needs to be prepared for that change. We had a range of presentations on this topic, delving into telemedicine, virtual consultations, and patient portals.

Just recently I was delighted to be able to meet with practice managers at the PMAANZ conference and I also spoke to a large number of delegates on the topic How you become a quality general practice in the New Zealand setting. I’ve put my slides (PDF) on our website.

The College has been doing a significant amount of work developing Health Care Home (HCH) indicators and criteria for inclusion in Aiming for Excellence, in collaboration with the HCH Collaborative.

In August the HCH Collaborative published a framework, The HCH model of care requirements, and the College is using this to support the work being undertaken by the HCH Collaborative, including the development of guidance notes and resources.

Kate Wang, General Manager, Quality