Benchmarking out inequity

It has been more than two years since the KPI Programme has been able to bring together contributors in person from across Aotearoa New Zealand to benchmark, collaborate and innovate using mental health and addiction service data. In this issue of The Indicator we are excited to confirm the details of the upcoming KPI Programme forum scheduled for 8 November in Wellington.

The forum presents a unique opportunity for people throughout the mental health and addiction sector to connect and use the suite of indicators and tools available through the KPI Programme to put attention on where continuous improvement activities could have the most significant positive outcomes for tāngata whai ora and their whānau.

Exploration of the KPI Programme data dashboards indicate that Māori and Pasifika peoples continue to be secluded more, and in certain regions, wait longer to access services and are not followed up within 7-days when discharged from acute inpatient services. Persistent inequities have been highlighted in numerous Government inquiries and reviews and were a significant reason behind the recent health system reforms.

As a result, the theme for the forum is Benchmarking out inequity. In the context of the KPI Programme, ‘benchmarking’ (the process of comparing and learning from data) is the how or the tool, and the ‘out’ is the collective action taken to move the sector toward the removal of practices that contribute to inequities.

Details to register for the November forum are included in The Indicator along with several other opportunities coming up to embed the use of benchmarking to continuously improve services. With a mix of both in person and virtual events over the coming months, there really is something for everyone who shares the vision for an Aotearoa New Zealand health system where informed continuous improvement and collective action drives better wellbeing for all.

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