Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—Australasian College for Emergency Medicine) Notice 2014

2014/307

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Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—Australasian College for Emergency Medicine) 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—Australasian College for Emergency Medicine) Notice 2014.

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

3 Declaration of protected quality assurance activity
  • The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Quality Assurance Activity described in the Schedule is a protected quality assurance activity.

4 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.


Schedule
Description of Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Quality Assurance Activity

cl 3

1 Interpretation
  • In this schedule,—

    activity means the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Quality Assurance Activity described in clause 4

    participant means a health practitioner who is practising as an emergency medicine doctor or emergency medicine trainee in New Zealand.

2 Objective
  • The objective of the activity is to improve patient safety and the quality of emergency medicine services by encouraging participants to report incidents arising in the provision of emergency medicine services that resulted, or may have resulted, in adverse outcomes for patients.

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

4 Activity
  • The activity involves—

    • (a) participants using the Emergency Medicine Events Register (EMER) to report incidents arising in the provision of emergency medicine services; and

    • (b) the Australian Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) analysing information recorded in the EMER, in order to—

      • (i) produce data on the number and type of incidents that arise in the provision of emergency medicine services; and

      • (ii) identify risks to patient safety; and

      • (iii) identify processes and practices that contributed to incidents; and

      • (iv) produce case studies on different types of incidents, how incidents could have been prevented, or how harm to patients could have been minimised; and

    • (c) the APSF, or individuals or organisations acting with the approval of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), disseminating in publications and at conferences findings and case studies obtained by analysing information recorded in the EMER; and

    • (d) ACEM using EMER findings and case studies in order to inform the review and development of—

      • (i) professional standards for emergency medicine services; and

      • (ii) the curriculum for emergency medicine trainees in New Zealand and Australia.

Dated at Wellington this 5th day of September 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, which comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette, declares the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine Quality Assurance Activity 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

  • people 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.


Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 11 September 2014.

This notice is administered by the Ministry of Health.