Maternity Quality Initiative


Taranaki DHB have a Maternity Quality Committee which meets on a monthly basis.


Its members comprise of maternity practitioners, managers, stakeholders of maternity services as well as consumer representation.

Its purpose is to:

  • Manage standards of clinical care to ensure they are of a high quality.
  • To support and facilitate formal clinical governance and clinical practice of improvement processes in Taranaki DHB Maternity Services.
  • To monitor and review systems, standards, indicators and outcomes which reflect the quality of clinical care provided within the TDHB Maternity services.
  • To monitor and oversee national, regional and local activities associated with:
    • The national Maternity Quality and Safety Programme
    • The national Maternity Standards
    • Maternity service specifications.
  • To provide a forum in which decision making and responsibilities for the quality of maternity care are shared between clinicians and managers in consultation with consumers and stakeholders.
  • To report these activities to the Taranaki DHB Clinical Board.
  • To manage organisational and clinical risk.

The Maternity Quality Initiative includes:

  • A national quality and safety programme for maternity services, including maternity standards and clinical indicators.
  • Revised Maternity Referral Guidelines, which set out processes for transfers of clinical responsibility for care including in an emergency.
  • Standardised, electronic maternity information management to improve communication and sharing of health information among health practitioners.
  • Improved maternity information systems and analysis, so there is better reporting and monitoring of maternity services.

Report on Taranaki DHB Consumer Engagement Survey
During 2015, Taranaki DHB consumer representative conducted surveys for the MQC. These surveys have been focused on receiving consumer feedback, with a view of the entire pregnancy journey.

Click here to download the Report on Taranaki DHB MQSP Consumer Engagement Survey 2015-16 (PDF 438 KB)

Last updated: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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