QI Network Partner - Spotlight on Ko Awatea

Ko Awatea uses innovation and improvement methodology to develop sustainable, high-quality health care services.

Embedded within Counties Manukau Health, Ko Awatea was created to address complex and growing problems facing healthcare provision in an area challenged by ethnic disparity, an ageing population, elevated birth rates, and the rising incidence of obesity and dementia.

Since it first opened in 2011, the organisation, whose name means “First Light” in Te Reo Maori (the indigenous language of New Zealand), has held fast to its goal of supporting health systems and other public services to improve health outcomes for the population.

Through collaboration and strong leadership, Ko Awatea has delivered many improvements to the health outcomes of its population.

Highlights of our work include: Target CLAB Zero, in which the incidence of Central Line Associated Bacteraemia in New Zealand intensive care units was reduced by 96 percent and New Zealand became the first country in the world to achieve a zero CLAB rate for three consecutive months; reducing hospital demand by giving back 23,000 well and healthy days to the people of Counties Manukau, and supporting people living with long-term conditions to better manage their own health.

Continuing in the spirit of collaboration, Ko Awatea is delighted to be partnering with the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).

ISQua’s aim to inspire and drive improvement in the quality and safety of healthcare aligns closely with Ko Awatea’s goals. We believe we can achieve great things from joining a network that spans 100 countries and five continents. Thanks for having us!

Visit their website to find out more about Ko Awatea and their activities.

Ko Awarea are one of our founding QI Gold Network Partners. To find our more about our Quality Improvement (QI) Network please visit our website.
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