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Serious Adverse Events

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Reporting serious adverse events nationally signifies an important step on the road to improving health outcomes for New Zealanders.

The key is to improve safety by encouraging open and transparent reporting of incidents when something goes wrong.

The intention of the report is to support continuous quality improvement focusing on shared learning to move towards improving systems and minimising the possibility of future incidents.

Note: The reports exclude unexpected deaths or other adverse events within mental health and addiction services. These are reported to the Health Quality and Safety Commission and included in their national report, and in addition, separately by the Director of Mental Health, Ministry of Health.     

MidCentral Reports

Health Quality and Safety Commission website


Adverse events (previously known as serious and sentinel events) are events which have generally resulted in harm to patients.

An adverse event is one which has led to significant additional treatment, is life threatening or has led to an unexpected death or major loss of function.

​Document Format

Most documents are available in Acrobat (PDF) format. Some documents are also available in other formats (doc, xls, html etc.) or as a printed version (hard copy). Please note, due to cost, a different format or printed version may not be available.

To request a different format or printed version, please contact the Te Whatu Ora Health NZ - MidCentral Communications Unit.

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