Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee) Notice 2014

2014/113

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Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee) Notice 2014

Pursuant to section 54 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, the Minister of Health, being satisfied of the matters set out in section 54(3) of that Act, gives the following notice.

Notice

1 Title
  • This notice is the Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee) Notice 2014.

2 Commencement
  • This notice comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette.

3 Revocation of this notice
  • This notice is revoked at the end of the period for which it remains in force under section 54(4) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

4 Declaration of protected quality assurance activity
  • The Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee quality assurance activity called the Incident Recording and Reporting Project and described in the Schedule is a protected quality assurance activity.


Schedule
Description of Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee Incident Recording and Reporting Project

cl 4

1 Interpretation
  • In this schedule,—

    activity means the Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee Incident Recording and Reporting Project described in clause 4

    participant means a person who is—

    • (a) an anaesthetist; and

    • (b) providing anaesthetic and perioperative services in Australasia; and

    • (c) a member of—

      • (i) the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists Incorporated; or

      • (ii) the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Incorporated; or

      • (iii) the Australian Society of Anaesthetists Limited; and

    • (d) participating in the activity.

2 Objective
  • The objective of the activity is to enhance the safety and quality of anaesthesia for patients in Australasia by improving the practices and competence of the participants.

3 Information
  • The activity is based on information derived from participants.

4 Activity
  • The activity involves—

    • (a) recording incidents and adverse outcomes, including near misses; and

    • (b) reviewing and analysing the records referred to in paragraph (a); and

    • (c) storing securely the information obtained under paragraphs (a) and (b); and

    • (d) making recommendations for the purpose of—

      • (i) improving the safety and quality of anaesthetic practice and perioperative medicine; and

      • (ii) reducing incidents and adverse outcomes; and

    • (e) producing reports about the information obtained under paragraphs (a) and (b) and the recommendations referred to in paragraph (d) and sending those reports to all participants.

Dated at Wellington this 17th day of March 2014.

 Hon Tony Ryall,
Minister of Health.


Explanatory note

This note is not part of the notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This notice comes into force on the day after its notification in the Gazette. It declares the Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee Incident Recording and Reporting Project described in the Schedule to be a protected quality assurance activity. The effect of this declaration is that—

  • any information that becomes known solely as a result of the activity is confidential; and

  • any documents brought into existence solely for the purposes of the activity are confidential; and

  • the persons who engage in the activity in good faith are immune from civil liability.

The protections afforded by this notice are subject to certain statutory exceptions. For example, this notice does not prohibit the disclosure of information that does not identify, either expressly or by implication, a particular individual.

Under section 54(4) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, this notice remains in force for a period of 5 years after the date on which it is issued, unless it is revoked before then.

This notice revokes the Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—Australian and New Zealand Tripartite Anaesthetic Data Committee) Notice 2009.


Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 27 March 2014.

This notice is administered by the Ministry of Health.