Whakakotahi 2019 – Primary Care Quality Improvement Challenge is an exciting initiative being promoted for the third year by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

Whakakotahi (te reo Māori for ‘to be as one’) is a quality improvement programme which involves the Commission partnering with primary care teams to work on improvement projects.

The Commission is seeking applications for projects that can be planned and delivered over a 12–18-month period. These projects will prioritise initiatives that address three key areas: equity, consumer engagement, and integration.

Applicants are welcome to submit proposals about any area of patient care that they would like to improve through participating in Whakakotahi, and one that is important to their patients or community, and to them as providers of care. This is the third round of Whakakotahi; this year the programme has a strengthened focus on equity.

The Commission will work with the successful applicants on their projects following a structure underpinned by the Model for Improvement. It will bring teams together for group learning events for teaching/workshops, idea sharing, and networking. Between these events, the Commission’s quality improvement advisor will provide virtual/on-site support and mentoring, as needed.

The Commission invites applications from primary care providers, or groups of providers, who meet the following criteria:

  • the provider is a general practice, community pharmacy, Māori health, Pacific health or other primary care provider
  • the proposed improvement project is focused on quality improvement in the New Zealand primary care sector
  • the proposals must be for activities commencing from the beginning of calendar year 2019 through to 2020.For more information please visit the Commission’s website. Applications close by midday 31 August 2018.


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